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11. Milton Bryan Rightmire and Doris Irene Cameron
(Milton Bryan5 Rightmire, Vernon Elmer4, William3, Benjamin2, James1, Sr.)
(5) Milton Bryan Rightmire, Vernon Elmer and Eva's second child, married Doris Irene Cameron on August 1, 1937, in Platteville, Colorado. Because of the graciousness of Vernon Vinzant, we have more information about Milton Bryan Rightmire than any of our other relatives. Milton was Vernon's father-in-law. Most importantly, the information is directly from Milton as recorded by Vernon and his wife, Barbara.
This account was written February 1996, by Vernon Vinzant, and is based on information provided by Milton in June 1995 and direct knowledge of Vernon and Barbara Rightmire Vinzant. It was revised August 1997, based on further discussions with Milton in July 1997. Milton usually went by the nickname, Bud. The following is taken directly from Vernon Vizant:
"Milton (Bud) always said he was born in Lincoln, Nebraska, but he was actually born in University Place, a suburb of Lincoln. 'He thinks that he was born at home--not in a hospital.' Bud's Birth Certificate gives University Place, Lancaster County, Nebraska, as place of birth.
"In his young years, sometime after his sister, Ruth, was born in 1914 in Iowa, the family moved to Colorado. At one time, the family lived on one (of two) of the farms of Benjamin Rightmire, Vernon Elmer's brother. That farm was about 3 miles northwest of Kersey and Bud's family lived there before Bud was in school (3 or 4 years old). When Bud was in grade school, his Uncle Benjamin had a lumberyard in Kersey, Colorado and a farm about six miles south of Kersey. Bud quit High School (when he was a Junior) to go to work in a garage as a general helper."
"Beginning in June 1931, he worked as a garage mechanic in Greeley, Colorado. In 1933 he went to work for Greeley Ice and Storage, delivering ice and coal. He worked for Greeley Ice and Storage for seven years."
"He met Doris Irene Cameron and they eloped and were married in Platteville, Colorado on August 1, 1937."
Milton (Bud) and Doris had five children:
As noted above, Barbara Ann, Donald Lee, and Vernon Leon Rightmire were all born in Greely, Colorado. After that, Bud and his family always seemed to be on the move: "Seeking better employment, in 1941 he left his family in Colorado and went to Independence, Missouri, where he worked in a shop assembling stoves for four months until January 1942. His family joined him shortly after he found employment. Gary Lynn, their fourth child, was born there December 24, 1941."
"In April 1942, the family moved to McKinley Street in Casper, Wyoming, and lived there about a year, then moved to Hy Park (on CY Avenue; these were a bunch of houses moved in after W.W. II). Carol Annette, their fifth child, was born February 1, 1943."
In 1948, the family finally settled down. In March of that year, "Bud was employed as a Boiler Attendant by Standard Oil Company (later renamed American Oil Company; AMOCO) in their oil refinery at Casper, Wyoming. He remained with them until his retirement in 1973."
"On October 14, 1989, Doris passed away from complications following heart surgery. After Doris' death, Bud continued to enjoy sharing lunch after church with friends, one of whom was a widow, Rosanne Unick Dungan. They were married February 1, 1992. After their marriage, their home was at 1300 Nottingham Drive, Casper, Wyoming. In late 1995, they sold that five bedroom home and moved to Apartment 3 at 102 Lennox, Casper. In 1996, they moved to Apartment #1, 1450 Trojan Drive, Casper."
Bud died on October 23, 1999. He was cremated and his ashes remain at Wyoming Memorial Gardens, Casper, Wyoming.
Background on his children: