Bray, Herbert 'Bert' S. (May 4, 1911 - August 28, 1996)

Herbert 'Bert' Bray

Douglas Budget - September 4, 1996

Funeral services for Herbert S. "Bert" Bray, 85, were Tuesday, Sept. 3, at Glendo Community Church with Pastor Gordon Swedberg officiating.

Interment will be in the Horseshoe Cemetery near Glendo.

Mr. Bray died Wednesday, Aug. 28, 1996, at Michael Manor in Douglas. He was born May 4, 1911, in Moscow Mills, Mo., to Lemuel Allen and Cassie(Pension)Bray. He was reared and educated in Missouri, coming to Wyoming in 1926. He stopped off in Glendo and worked on various ranches in the Esterbrook area.

He met Ilene Irma Harvey and they were married Aug. 23, 1935, in Glendo. Three boys and four girls were born to this union.

In 1949, he went to work for the CB&Q Railroad, working there until 1958. Then he worked on ranches in the Wheatland area until his retirement in 1976.

His first wife died on July 21, 1965.

Mr. Bray then met and married Helen Browning of Wheatland, and they were married April 21, 1967, in Douglas. Helen had two girls, whom Bert adopted, and they had a boy and a girl together. Helen and Bert were divorced in 1988, and Bert then moved to Douglas in 1989 to live with his son until his death.

He is survived by 10 children, Lemuel Bray of Glen Burnie, Md., Fred Bray of Douglas, Herb Bray of Newcastle, Phillip Bray of Wheatland, Joy Dixon of Newcastle, Donna Baltz of Guernsey, Mara Vi Bechtold of Torrington, Emma Wiseman of Cheyenne, Becky Decker of Cotati, Calif., and Julia Tibbets of Wheatland; brother Melvin Bray of Wentzville, Mo.; 19 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his first wife, infant daughter, four sisters, five brothers, one granddaughter, and his special friend, Marion Alley.

Serving as pallbearers were Jerry Bechtold, Max Dixon, Dan Baltz, Fred Bray, Herb Bray and Phillip Bray.

Serving as honorary pallbearers were Lemuel Bray, Jim Alley, Dave Alley, Max Alley, and all of his friends and neighbors.

A memorial to Michael Manor, 1108 Birch Street, would be appreciated by the family.

Converse Funeral Chapel of Douglas is in charge of the arrangements.


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