Fred McGuire


Fred McGuire, lifelong resident of Wheatland and Platte County, passed away on Thursday, December 7, 2023 at the Platte County Legacy Home in Wheatland at the age of 93. 

He was born on Wednesday, November 19, 1930 in Wheatland to Pat and Vera (Hightower) McGuire, the youngest of their three children. He attended Wheatland schools. His junior year he was badly injured in a horse accident. He did not return to school, but would have graduated with the class of 1949. He enlisted in the Air Force and served for two years. He was Honorably Discharged for medical reasons. 

On February 14, 1955 he married Mary Margaret “Mickey” Grant. To this union three children were born, two daughters and a son that died at birth. 

Fred and Mickey spent their life together ranching, they wintered in Platte County and summered in Albany County. 

He served on many local boards and was a member of the Board of Directors for the Wyoming Production Credit Association for 15 years and President of Wyoming Mutual Insurance Company for many years. 

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Jack McGuire; sister, Maxine Cossman; infant son; and nephew, Nate Cossman. 

He is survived by his wife, Mickey of 68 years; daughters and sons-in-law, Mary Kay and Randy Hunter and Trish and Rod Vineyard; three grandchildren, Heath (Claire) Hunter, Riley (Heather DePra) Hunter, Maggie (Ian) Jolovich; four great-grandchildren, Trace and Quinn Jolovich and Hailey and Jude Hunter; and numerous nieces and nephews. 

A private service will be held at a later date at the ranch’s family cemetery. 

The Gorman Funeral Homes – Platte Chapel of Wheatland are in charge of the arrangements. 

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