NLJ Staff


March 17, 1938–July 1, 2022

Joseph “Joe” Thaler, 84, of Sundance, Wyo., passed away Friday, July 1, 2022, at his home after a lengthy illness.

He was born in Yugoslavia, son of the late John and Maria H.  Thaler. At the age of 11 Joe and his family came to America by boat, making New Jersey their home.

Joe owned an ice company “Diamond Ice” in New York City for many years before moving to Wyoming. He was the owner of the Bronco Bar, Corner Bar, and Thaler Well Service. His time living on his sailboat in Mexico was a highlight of his life. When moving back to Wyoming he bought a ranch outside of Hulett and ranched for several years. Upon retiring from ranching, he moved to the Sunnyside Divide, north of Sundance. When he was not sailing or ranching, he was out enjoying the day on his motorcycle, which was a lifelong passion of his.

On May 30, 1987, he married Donna Steele, the love of his life.

Surviving him are his wife, Donna; sons, Robert (Tami) of Newcastle, Wyo., Karl (Mary Beth) of Manahawkin, N.J., and Wayne (Mary) of Metter, Ga.; six grandchildren, Jake, Brittney (Jimmy), Eric, Alex, Justin, and Jessica; three great-grandchildren, Kaia, Colby, and Moriah. He was a great father, grandfather, and loving husband.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Steve.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Western Hills Humane Society, 3241 Industrial Dr, Spearfish, SD 57783.

Viewing for family and friends will be at 10 a.m. on July 8 at Fidler-Roberts & Isburg Funeral Chapel of Sundance. Services will follow at 11 a.m. Burial will be at the ranch north of Sundance.

Arrangements are under the care of Fidler-Roberts & Isburg Funeral Chapel of Sundance. Online condolences may be written at


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