David LaRay ‘Dave’ Soper, 70

David LaRay ‘Dave’ Soper, 70, died unexpectedly of natural causes on April 13, 2018, at his home in Hot Springs, SD.

Dave was born February 5, 1948, in Crawford, NE, to William and Bertha (Dickman) Soper, but grew up in Jackson Hole, WY. Springs. After high school, he was drafted into the U.S. Army and served honorably with an Engineering Battalion in Vietnam from February 1968 to September 1969.  

In 1972, while working for Wallvard Construction in Hanna, WY, David met and married Treva Wilson of Ellington, MO.  In 1974, they had a daughter, Davona.  

He was preceded in death by his parents, William ‘Bud’ and Bertha ‘Bert’ (Dieckmann) Soper; younger brother, Kelly Soper; young grandson, David Eisenbraun; dear friend, Treva Jaure.  

His sudden passing is grieved by his beloved daughter, Davona Wilson (Chris) Wilson of Sidney, MT; grandson, Jake Tackett (Jessica) with, great-grandson, Brogan, great-granddaughters Onika, Oriana, and Natalia, all of Milford, IA; his treasured granddaughter, Theila Eisenbraun, with his great granddaughter, Maizy Mitchell and her father Aaron Mitchell, all of Gillette, WY; dear sister, Penny Soper of Hot Springs, SD; his nephews, Shea Zeller and Travis Soper of Gillette, WY; sweet great-niece Gracie Soper. Many others, from Alaska to Washington, DC, including friends, former colleagues, in-laws and brothers-in-arms will remember him fondly and mourn his passing. 


He had a life-long love of his home in Jackson, Wyoming and visited there often.  He loved to work hard and never shirked a chance to do so.  He lived a simple life of fishing, family and friends.  

Memorial Services will be held 4:00 p.m., Thursday, April 19, 2018, at the Hot Springs American Legion Post 71, 1045 Jennings Ave, Hot Springs. Committal services will be held at a later date at the Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis, SD.

Arrangements have been placed in the care of Chamberlain McColley’s Funeral Home in Hot Springs.

Fall River County Herald

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