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Joe M. Maya


April 18, 2018

Joe M. Maya went to be with his Lord and Savior on April 7, 2018. He was born on September 11, 1934 in Garland, Wyoming to Jose and Susana (Ramirez) Maya. He moved to California at a young age and lived there until his father passed away. He moved back to Wyoming and eventually to Worland.

He enlisted in the United States Army in November of 1952, graduating from boot camp in California and then fought in the Korean Conflict where he was wounded by being shot in the leg. He finished his enlistment at Fort Lewis, Washington. He was honorably discharged in November 1955.

He worked for various farmers in the Worland area and then he went to work for the CB&Q Railroad, which later became Burlington Northern Railroad, for 34 years retiring at the age of 55 due to an on the job injury.

He married Ruth Flagler on October 25, 1956. From this union 2 sons were born; Joe Jr. and Rick.

He served as a Boy Scout leader, a boxing coach, little league and Babe Ruth baseball coach as well as coaching flag football and men's softball.

He was a member of the Worland Church of Christ where he was baptized in April 1974. He enjoyed fishing and camping and spending time with his grandchildren.

Joe was preceded in death by his father Jose, his mother and step-father Susana and Tom Rangel, an infant brother Antonio, adopted brother Julian Rangel and adopted sister Irene Rangel.

Joe is survived by his wife, Ruth of 61 years; his sons Joe (Tammy) and Rick of Worland. Four grandchildren; Matthew (Rani) of Medford, Oregon, Karsyn and Rylee of Worland and Taylor of Mayville, North Dakota.

He is also survived by his sisters; Hope Guerra and Leonora Rodriguez, both of Arizona, and a brother-in-law Gary Flagler of Worland as well as numerous nieces, nephews and two uncles.

Cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be held on April 21, 2018 at 11:00am at the Church of Christ in Worland, 2801 Big Horn Avenue. Ashes will be scattered this summer at Sunshine Lake by his family. Arrangements have been entrusted to Veile Mortuary.


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