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John Lee Vyvey

Saratoga, Wyo., resident and pioneer in the North Platte Valley area John Lee Vyvey died Oct. 25, 2002, at Valley View Health Care Center after a long-term illness. He was 89.

Vyvey was born Oct. 4, 1913, on the Vyvey Ranch, east of Encampment, Wyo., to Charles and Emma Vyvey. Hew grew up with his family of four brothers, two sisters, two half brothers and three half sisters on the ranch on Antelope Creek.

On May 10, 1938, he married Mary Hillewart in Craig.

He worked with his brother, Carl, on a ranch in the Beaver Creek area and in tie camps near Roach, Colo. He also worked in the timber, ran dairy farms in the Encampment and Saratoga areas, was a ranch foreman on the State Line Ranch near Cowdry, Colo., worked on many other ranches in the valley and worked at the Riverside Garage.

Vyvey retired in 1983 from the Old Baldy Club, where he worked on the golf course for 21 years.

He loved to hunt, fish, play the accordion and spend time with his family and friends.

Vyvey is survived by his wife, Mary Vyvey; son, Larry (Caroline) Vyvey, of Saratoga; brother, Fox Vyvey, of Encampment; granddaughters, Trudy (Dwight) Lancey, of Saratoga and Pamela (John) Hornbeck, of Saratoga; grandsons, Patrick (Amy) Dillon, of Los Angeles, Calif., and Geoffrey Dillon of Killeen, Texas and four great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Marilyn Vyvey Dillon; siblings, Rene, Bert and Carl Vyvey, Grace Gregory, Butch and Sam Verplancke, Lena Armstrong and Alice Evans.

Memorial donations may be made to the Saratoga Cemetery Board in care of Rostad Mortuary in Rawlins.


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