Sherman B. Allred

Feb. 7, 1943 – Aug. 14, 2023

Sherman B. Allred, 80-year-old former Basin resident, passed away on Aug. 14, 2023, in the home of his son with his loving family by his side. 

Sherman was born on Feb. 7, 1943, in Worland, Wyo., the oldest of four children born to Howard Zeller and Shirley Mae (Schulze) Allred.

Sherman’s mother passed on Christmas weekend of his senior year of high school from injuries sustained in a car accident.  Sherman played numerous sports as well as doing some rodeo.  As the oldest child, he honored his mother and father (who died in 1975) by showing a deep and abiding love for each of his siblings.  He accepted an appointment to the United States Air Force Academy for the graduating class of 1966, but later resigned his commission in 1963 with an honorable discharge and finishing his service obligation in the United States Army Reserve.  During this time, he was called to active service in New Orleans before the Bay of Pigs de-escalation.  Sherman met Rebecca Straight in Basin in January of 1966 at a barbeque.  After three dates, Sherman and Becky were engaged and married on March 11, 1966.  Just after they were married, they went on a walk to get the mail in Basin at which time he pulled out his service card letting Becky know that if called, he had 48 hours to report for service.

Following his graduation with Becky from Chadron State College, Sherman taught three years of middle school math in Ten Sleep.  His younger son later met one of his middle school math students in the early 2000’s at the Nevada National Security Site, this was discovered by learning they were both from Wyoming and had lived in Ten Sleep.  Sherman’s former student had remembered him and was grateful to his teaching as he (the student) had gone on to get his electrical engineering degree.  During this period, Sherman along with help from his Dad built a house for his family in Ten Sleep with all the business transactions occurring by the shaking of hands, no contracts (his word was his bond).  Summers and breaks were spent with Becky’s parents and family on a ranch in Hyattville.  Although Sherman clearly made an impact as a teacher, he found he far more enjoyed working for the Highway Department during the summer learning civil engineering.  He then went to work for an engineering firm.  His work was seen in his commitment to his faith, family, and job.  Although he did not have an engineering degree, through his education in math Sherman would get up every morning at 2 a.m. before work to study with success by earning and maintaining the professional engineer license.  Sherman also earned and maintained a Professional Land Surveyor License.  He also served as a leader in the State Engineering Association, and at a district level for the Wyoming Land Surveyor’s Association.

Sherman was active in the community serving as a Branch President, in numerous bishoprics, seven years as a Bishop, and as a Stake High Councilor for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints with occasional work in other callings from 1972 to 2015.  Sherman was also active in the American Legion and served as the Legion district commander for a period of time.  

He was surrounded by his entire posterity during the most recent Fourth of July holiday.  It has been said of Sherman and Becky through their lives together and service that you never see Sherman without Becky nor Becky without Sherman.  It was with her in the early morning that he gave one final smile and tear to let Becky know his Spirit was leaving its mortal tabernacle.  Theirs is a love story for the ages which will continue through the eternities.   

He was preceded in death by his parents. Survivors include his precious wife, Becky; sons, Enoch (Janell) of Casper, Wyo. and Eric (Andrea) Allred of Saratoga Springs, Utah; eight grandchildren: Ashley (Mike) Bryant of Casper, Josh Allred of Casper, Melissa (Forrest) Hammeran of Springville, Utah, Daniel (Miriam) Allred of Rexburg, Idaho, Allison Allred of Millville, Utah, Lauren (Grayson) Schmalz of Provo, Utah, Jacob Allred of Saratoga Springs, Alyse Allred of Saratoga Springs; six great-grandchildren: Teagan, Layken, Adelaide, Lilly, Oliver, Aiden B.; brothers, Bob (Cora) Allred of Sheridan, Wyo., Tom (Deanna) Allred of Worland, Wyo.; sister, LeAnn (Bud) Foggin of Shepard, Mont., and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. 

Funeral services will be held 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 19, 2023, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Basin, Wyo., with Bishop Luke Pratt officiating. Burial will follow at Mount View Cemetery in Basin with Military Honors provided by the United States Air Force, American Legion Post #29, and the Patriot Guard Riders. Visitation for family and friends will be held 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. Friday, August 18 at Bryant Funeral Home Chapel in Worland. 

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