In Memoriam: Walter S. Fees, Jr.

Title: In Memoriam: Walter S. Fees, Jr.
Publication: The Outcrop, March 2002, p. 6

Walter S. Fees, Jr. passed away on May 30, 2001. He was born on September 17, 1917 in Fredonia, Kansas. He graduated from the University of Kansas in 1942 with a BS in Geology. Mr. Fees served in the Air Force during World War II. After being honorably discharged as a Captain and receiving the Bronze Star, he returned home to Kansas and began his career in the oil and gas business by working on a cable tool rig for his father. During his career he worked for Continental Oil Company in Casper, Wyoming, as a partner in Fees Drilling Company and helped organize Fees-Krey Inc. In 1977 he started his own company for the purposes of exploring, developing and producing oil and gas wells in Utah, Wyoming, Montana, Nebraska and Kansas. In 1986 he sold the operating part of his business to National Fuels Corporation and became an exploration company. In 1998 Mr. Fees started up Walter S. Fees Jr. & Son Oil and Gas LLC, an oil and gas exploration and development company which currently has operations in Colorado, Montana, Utah and Wyoming.

Walter S. Fees, Jr. was a charter member of the Independent Petroleum Association of the Mountain States and Vice President of the association in 1975. He was a fifty-three year member of AAPG, a lifetime member of WGA, RMAG, and The Elks, and a member of both the Denver and Grand Junction Petroleum and Mining Club. Walter S. Fees, Jr. was a true wildcatter and gentleman.