Feb. 17, 1929 – Feb. 12, 2014
Wray Thomas Exley, 84, of Byron died at North Big Horn Hospital in Lovell on Feb. 12, 2014, following a long struggle with cancer.
Wray was born on Feb. 17, 1929, in Douglas, a son of Jenny (Lovett) and Elton John Exley. He was raised on a ranch near Douglas and graduated from Converse County High School.
He then entered the U.S. Army, where he served four years. In 1955, he married Pauline Hrono in Boston, while stationed there. Following his discharge, the couple returned to Douglas, where he was a rancher. In 1968, the family moved to Worland.
He and his first wife later divorced, and he married Lenora Eloise Brown in 1976 in Douglas.
Wray worked for Holly Sugar Co. for 18 years. He also worked in the oilfields on work-over rigs, and was employed by the Wyoming State Boys School. In 1985, the family moved back to Douglas for a year, and then returned to Worland.
He next worked as a manager for Koch Hog Production at Lovell and moved his family to Byron in 1988. He also worked for Western Sugar during the winter campaigns and was self-employed as a rancher on his own place during the summer months. He irrigated his own place, raised sheep and cows, and also worked for other farmers on their irrigation. Wray was also an auctioneer and worked for several other auctioneers in the area when they needed the extra help.
He was a collector of everything: cars, guns, metal toys and books, which he loved to read. He also enjoyed hunting.
He was preceded in death by his three brothers and his parents.
Wray is survived by his wife Eloise Exley of Byron; his sons Thomas Wray Exley and Charles Exley of Fort Worth, Earl (Karla) Krei of Cheyenne, Otis (Janina) Krei of Byron and Rob Exley of Cowley; his daughters Pauline “Penny” (Cary) Exley-Kemp of Fort Worth, Elizabeth Hawronski of Lubbock and Lorna (Guy) Parent of Byron. He is also survived by 25 grandchildren and 34 great-grandchildren.
The funeral service was held at the LDS Church in Byron on Saturday, Feb. 15. Burial followed at the Byron Cemetery.
Veile Mortuary of Worland assisted the family with the arrangements.