March 29, 1931 – July 3, 2012
William James “Bill” Sintek, 81, of Lovell died July 3, 2012, at his home. Cremation has taken place, and memorial services will occur at a later date.
Bill was born March 29, 1931, in Brayton, Neb., to Loyd and Mary Sintek. He moved to Wyoming as a youngster, his family following his father who worked in the construction industry. After living in various places in Nebraska, Wyoming and Colorado, the family settled in Rawlins, where his father was employed at the Sinclair Oil Refinery.
Bill attended school in Rawlins and graduated from Rawlins High School. He enlisted in the Air Force in 1952 and after his training as an aircraft mechanic, served for 18 months in Japan during the Korean War.
Bill married Audrey Beth Synhorst on Sept. 11, 1952, in Wichita Falls, Texas. They lived in Texas, Illinois and New Mexico while Bill was in the Air Force. After his discharge, Bill returned to Rawlins, where he was employed by the Union Pacific Railroad as a brakeman and later as a deputy sheriff. Bill joined the Wyoming Highway Patrol (Badge No. 65) in 1959 and had assignments in Kemmerer, Wamsutter and Casper, and in 1970, he moved to his final assignment in Lovell. He retired from the Patrol in 1984. He worked several more years for the Western Sugar Factory.
Bill was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Wyoming Peace Officers Association. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping and travelling.
Bill is survived by his four daughters, Debbie (Todd) Wilder of Byron, Sandy (David) Mikeworth of Powell, Susan (Wayne) McArthur of Bakersfield, Calif., and Billie Jean (Ross) Wortham of Riverton; eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents Loyd and Mary Sintek, wife Audrey, brother Robert (Bob) Sintek and grandson Philip McArthur.