Obituary: Jw Nuckolls


Jw Nuckolls, 1933-2018

Jw Nuckolls, 84, of rural Crook County (Wyo.) died at his home Wednesday Feb. 21, 2018. He was born Sept. 2, 1933, the youngest of Will and Myra (Lawrence) Nuckolls’ seven children.

He attended Barlow Canyon Country School and Hulett (Wyo.) High School where he graduated in 1951. He had his heart set on attending college so he made a deal with his father: in exchange for the opportunity to get an education, he vowed to come home and work the land. Jw attended the University of Wyoming, majored in agronomy, and graduated with honors in 1955. Shortly after returning home, Jw began to focus on the sheep business, where he met the love of his life, Thea Ellen, daughter of Sam and Patty Amspoker, from Douglas, Wyo. Jw and Thea were married on Sept. 13, 1959, and they raised five children on the G-G Ranch.

Jw volunteered countless hours promoting and supporting agriculture and was an icon in the industry. He served on various boards: farm bureau, wool growers, stock growers, grazing association, predator, and the American Sheep Industry Association. He was instrumental in establishing the Center of the Nation Wool Corporation, where he was involved for 58 years, as well as the Mountain States Lamb Co-Op.

Forever plotting the next project and improvement, Jw was immensely proud of his land and its history.

Jw is survived by his wife of 58 years, Thea, and his greatest legacy which is his family: children Nan (Tom) Neiman and Dawn (Shannon) Brengle of Gillette, Wyo., Zeta (Gary) Anderson of Devils Tower, Wyo., Will (Laura) Nuckolls of Hulett, and Sam (Kristy) Nuckolls of Fort Worth. He will be greatly missed by his 12 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

Memorials have been established for the Hulett Volunteer Fire Department and Hulett EMS.

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