Joe Retel died Feb. 11 in Pinedale. He was born on Jan. 28, 1939, the only child of Joseph John and Stella (Barnik) Retel, in Rock Springs.
He graduated from Rock Springs High School in 1957 then joined the army. Joe became owner and operator of Sweetwater Plumbing and heating in Rock Springs before moving to Pinedale as owner and operator of Country Lane Gas, Groceries and Liquor. After retirement, he traveled the world with his soul mate of 42 years, Flo Retel.
His interests included dancing, boating, snowmobiles, hunting, fishing, traveling and everything outdoors. He was kind to animals and was a dependable friend to many. Joe especially loved the Upper Green River Basin, where he spent the best part of his life.
He is preceded in death by his parents and wife.
Memorials can be made to Happy Endings Animal Rescue.For the complete article see the 02-21-2014 issue.
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