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Douglas, Wyoming / August 29, 1960—December 23, 2017

Curt Reno Knighten said little and accomplished much. His childhood was spent as the middle of three boys living in tiny oilfield towns throughout Wyoming. Along with his brothers and cousins and without much support or supervision much trouble was made. He spent much time alone in junk yards learning how to destroy and then put back together anything he could get his hands on.

He met Lori Sikes when they were both freshmen at Douglas High School. They became fast friends. From that day to this it was rare to see one without the other. They married in December, 1979 and the love, friendship, and partnership continued for 38 years.

Curt went to work for Stafford Well Service immediately following high school. He learned the oil field business from the ground up. He was the first one to work and the last one to leave. He had incredible mechanical skills and an amazing sense of how things worked. He was a perfectionist and wouldn’t stop until each project was done right.

Curt and Lori started their own business, Knighten Well Service in 1992. He named every piece of machinery but his pride and joy was his first workover rig, Bud. Lori was the business manager and Curt did the field work. Curt taught Tiffany, 8, and Craig, 5, how to drive and they were a working part of the business. Family vacations meant a trip on the rig.

Every job was completed on time. Attention was given to every detail and the price was fair. Customers knew the while Curt didn’t say much each word counted and Curt would stand behind it. If a call came at 10:00pm or 2:00am he was out the door. The only exceptions were nightly bedtimes and Christmas mornings, and these were never missed. The kid’s activities meant leaving for work at 4:00am to ensure he made the event – and he always did, but occasionally he cut it tight and arrived in mismatched shoes.

When Curt and Lori decided to retire and sold the business he took a two month retirement before going back to work. He took a job with Anadarko and continued to work until his Alzheimer’s diagnosis.

Curt was a big hearted man. He always gave everyone a second, third and fourth chance never expecting anything in return. He picked up hitchhikers and bought plane tickets for strangers. He rescued dogs and leant an ear and money to those in trouble.

Lori, Tiffany (Craig Philbrick), Craig (Audrey Simpson) gathered when Curt got sick. They gave him the same love and loyalty he had always given to them. He spent time with his treasured granddaughters, Lexus, Marlee, Bentley, Shelby and Dempsee. The mismatched shoes told a sadder story but the journey was filled with love. We will miss you.

Curt Reno Knighten 57, died Saturday, December 23, 2017 at the Memorial Hospital of Converse County in Douglas, Wyoming surrounded by his loving family.

Curt was born August 29, 1960 in Casper, Wyoming the son of Dallas Albert and Racille (Dean) Knighten

Celebration of Life will be Saturday, December 30, 2017 at the Douglas Moose Lodge #602 120 North Second Street in Douglas at 2:00 P.M.

In lieu of flowers we ask that you please educate yourself on the warning signs of early onset Alzheimer’s disease, please visit and donate if you feel compelled to do so or their mailing address is Alzheimer’s Association, National Office, 225 North Michigan Avenue, Floor 17, Chicago, Illinois 60601.

The Gorman Funeral Homes – Converse Chapel of Douglas is in charge of the arrangements.

Condolences may be sent to the family at

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