Mike Enzi Remembered As An Honorable Statesman And Family Man


      Former U-S Senator Mike Enzi of Wyoming was remembered Friday at his funeral in Gillette as an honorable statesman and family man who was focused on leadership, tradition and faith. 

      Friends, family, constituents and colleagues gathered at the Pronghorn Center at Gillette College in Gillette in honor of Enzi, who died July 26 of injuries, including a broken neck, suffered in a bicycle accident 3 days earlier near his Gillette home.

       The number of people hoping to attend the funeral was so great that  a line to get inside stretched out the door before the service started. 

       The 77-year old Enzi, who started and owned a chain of shoe stores, spent over half his life in public service, beginning with 8 years as mayor of Gillette, then 10 years in the Wyoming Legislature, and finally 24 years in the U-S Senate/

      Considered a consensus builder who worked with colleagues from both parties, Enzi decided not to seek a 5th term last year and left the Senate when his term expired in January.