Paul Sauer – WyoToday.com

31 March 1929 – 28 February 2023

Paul Sauer, 93, died at his home on Tuesday, February 28, 2023. A Celebration of Life will be held in the spring.

Paul Raymond Sauer was born in Bayard, Nebraska on March 31, 1929 to Henry and Mary (Wagner) Sauer. He was one of ten children, three girls and seven boys. He was raised on a farm and when he was five the family moved to the Riverton area and continued farming. Paul served in the US Army during the Korean War and was honorably discharged. He was a VFW commander

Paul was baptized into the Lutheran faith.

On April 11, 1954, he married Deloris Philpot in Riverton, Wyoming. Deloris died in December 1979. After moving to California he met Valeria Shelatz and they were married on November 12, 1989 in Idyllwild, California. She added three children to the family. Valerie passed away in December 2020.

He worked on a farm and in uranium mines, then worked in construction with his brother until the late 1980s. He then moved to California where he operated heavy equipment until moving back to Riverton in the 1990s. He worked in the oil field and drove a water truck until he was 80, then retired for good.

Paul was an outdoorsman and loved fishing, camping, being on and riding horses. He enjoyed football and his teams were the Green Bay Packers and the Buffalo Bills, especially following Josh Allen.

He is survived by his son, Ernie (Karen) Sauer; daughters, Lori (Bill) Morre and Tonia (Chris) Mills; stepson, Dan (Allyn) Shelatz; stepdaughter, Carrie (Colleen) Shelatz; brothers, Bob Sauer and Kenny (Karen) Sauer; sisters, Renee Bunner and Mary Sauer; 13 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren and 3 great-great-grandchildren: and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Mary Sauer; first wife, Deloris Sauer; second wife, Valerie Sauer; stepson, Richard Shelatz; sister Alma Woodward; and brothers, Harold Sauer, Gene Sauer, Bill Sauer and Ernie Sauer.

Memorials may be made to the donor’s choice in care of Davis Funeral Home, 2203 West Main Street, Riverton, WY 82501.

Online condolences may be made at TheDavisFuneralHome.com

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