George Bryan Van Dorn

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1918-2002

George Bryan Van Dorn died Aug. 3, 2002, at the Wyoming Medical Center in Casper, Wyo. He was 83.

Van Dorn was born Sept. 19, 1918, in Craig, Colo., to Carl and Myrtle Van Dorn.

On March 7, 1948, he married Lucille at the Van Dorn ranch north of Craig. He was employed in the U.S. Post Office in Craig and as a ground school instructor for Elksridge Flying School at the Craig Airport.

He joined the National Guard in 1934 and served active duty in the U.S. Army during World War II from 1940-1946, ending his duty in occupied Japan. He achieved the rank of staff sergeant and second lieutenant and received several decorations and citations including the American Defense Service Medal, American Service Medal, Asiatic Pacific Service Medal and the World War II Victory Medal.

In 1951, he was employed by Jones & Laughlin Steele Co., In Powell, Wyo., where he and his family resided until 1966, when he transferred to Casper. He retired Jun 1, 1981 after 30 years with the company, including work as an oil field supply store manager.

His membership included post commander of the American Legion Department of Wyoming Post 2 and department commander of the state of Wyoming American Legion. He also served a number of years on the American Legion National Foreign Relations Committee. He was active in Kiwanis and the Presbyterian Church in Powell, Wyo.

Van Dorn enjoyed camping, fishing, reading and music. As an avid amateur photographer, he developed and printed his own pictures. After retiring, he and Lucille traveled extensively throughout the United States and Canada. For 18 years, they spent their winters in Yuma, Ariz., and summers in Casper, Wyo.

Van Dorn is survived by his wife, Lucille, of Casper; son, Carl Bryan Van Dorn, of Casper; grandson, Benjamin Bryan Van Dorn, of Casper; brother, Perry Van Dorn, of Craig; step-daughter, Myrna Martin, of Bainbridge Island, Wash.; step-son, Tom Wren, of Tonasket, Wash.; many nieces and nephews and 11 step-grandchildren.

Preceding him in death were his parents; sister, Ester Colby; brother, Robert Van Dorn; and step-son, Melvin Wren.

Services were Aug. 6, 2002, at the Oregon Trail State Veteran's Cemetery Chapel with military honors accorded by the Natrona County United Veterans.

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