Jan. 14, 1929 – Nov. 13, 2015
Edward Croft Horsley, 86, died in Casper at the Wyoming Medical Center on Friday, Nov. 13, 2015. Ed was the third child of Dr. W.W. and Glen (Croft) Horsley. His maternal grandfather, Dr. Edward W. Croft, delivered him on Jan. 14, 1929.
His father taught him one of the important lessons of life – how to work. He made him gardener of his personal and the Town of Lovell’s rose gardens when he was only 12 years old. His father also taught him the recreational loves of his life – fly fishing and hunting. Upon graduating from the University of Wyoming he followed in the footsteps of his grandfather and father and graduated from the University of Colorado School of Medicine. He practiced family medicine and surgery for 31 years in Worland. He particularly enjoyed obstetrics and pediatrics and witnessing the miracle of birth and the delight of little children.
On Aug. 23, 1954, he married Charlene Madsen of Price, Utah, in the Salt Lake Temple.
His hobbies included leatherwork and woodcarving taught to him by his good friend Bill Dillon.
He was a lifelong fifth generation member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, serving in many callings, including a seventy, bishop and a counselor to a state president. From November of 1949 to May of 1952, he served a mission in West Germany. He decided to spend his retirement years in missionary service, serving in London, England, Sydney, Australia, Lagos, Nigeria, and Accra, Ghana, in West Africa. He loved temples and the ordinance work therein, as well as the family history work associated with them.
He was preceded in death by his daughter Lesli, son David and his three siblings Dr. A.W. Horsley, Helen Kienlen and Jerome Horsley.
Survivors include his wife, Charlene; son Lance Scott of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; son-in-law Darrel Copeland; grandchildren Jared Copeland (Nena), Holly Veibell (Bret), April Young and Bryan Copeland (Vanessa); 14 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews and grandnieces and nephews, whom he loved dearly.
Funeral services were held on Tuesday, Nov. 17, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Worland with Bishop Jerry Kienlen officiating. Burial was in the family plot in the Lovell Cemetery, where he carved a monument from a rock from his beloved Big Horn Mountains. Memorial donations may be made to the General Missionary Fund, Perpetual Education Fund, Books of Mormon, Temple Construction or Temple Attendance funds of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in care of Bryant Funeral Home, P.O. Box 524, Worland, WY 82401. Checks should be made payable to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, with the choice in the memo line. Online condolences may be made at www.bryantfuneralhomeonline.com.
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