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Ronald Lloyd Krei

 

July 19, 2018

Ronald Lloyd Krei passed away July 17, 2018, in the loving presence of his children, at Spirit Mountain Hospice House in Cody, Wyoming.

Born March 29, 1929 in Worland to Helen and Herman Krei, Ron developed a steadfast work ethic on the family dairy farm on West River Road until he graduated from Worland High School in 1947.

In 1948, Ron enlisted with the U. S. Marine Corps and served in the Korean War from 1950 to 1951. Returning from Korea, Ron met Evelyn Edwards from Miami Beach, Florida and they were married there on June 14, 1952. They were stationed at the Marine Base in Minneapolis where he was discharged as a Staff Sergeant in August 1952. He completed National Guard duty in Worland in 1959.

Ron and Lynn settled in Worland where they were blessed with three children, Kathy, Lee, and Donna. He worked on the family dairy farm until 1956 where the family moved to Sugar Row and he worked for Holly Sugar until 1958. He then worked at Texas Gulf Sulphur Co. from 1959 to 1962. In 1963, Ron began his career with the U.S. Postal service where, after 26 years, he retired in 1989.

Ron contributed to the United Methodist Church of Worland through his integrity and lay leadership by serving on the Board of Trustees, as a member of the Methodist Men, as a volunteer and on the board of directors for Circle J Ranch, and as a Bible study leader. Ron also contributed to the community through his membership in the local Kiwanis Club where he served in all offices, and was Lt. Governor for the district.

After retirement, Ron and Lynn became "winter birds" for 17 years in an activities park in Mesa, Arizona. Their many activities included their love of square and round dancing on a daily basis. He also enjoyed playing pool, swimming, solving crossword puzzles, and reading.

Ron had a passion for all history in America, especially Wyoming and Native American history. He could tell you about all circumstances surrounding Custer's Last Stand and the Sand Hill Massacre. After becoming a member of the Washakie Museum in Worland, Ron had the honor of presenting the story of Chief Joseph and the Nez Pierce Indians escaping the Calvary in their attempt to enter Canada from the Northwestern States.

Ron's favorite pastimes were traveling by tent-camper to many parts of the U.S. and Canada with his family, camping in the Big Horn Mountains, fishing, and hiking. Lynn and Ron traveled to Hawaii, Switzerland, Austria, and participated in many Elderhostels (educational tours) around America.

Humble by nature, Ron's strong Christian faith, sense of humor, and dedication to his family defined his character. Above all, he is grateful to have experienced a very fulfilling life.

Ron was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Juanita Quarve, Sally Clevenger. Stepbrothers; Frank Krei, Marion Krei, Verdon Krei, and stepsister Jessie Fisher.

Survivors include his wife Lynn; sisters, Barbara Morgan, Dorothy Rudd, children; Kathleen Clements (David), Donna Beckstead (Mike), Lee Krei (Renee); eight grandchildren, and seven great grand-children.

A celebration of Ron's life will be held at a later date. Ron has requested any memorials be sent to the United Methodist Church in Worland, 1301 Big Horn Ave, 82401.

Online condolences may be made at http://www.bryantfuneralhomeonline.com.

 
 

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