Iris LeClair

Apr 22, 2012 Staff

Iris LeClair, 86, of Fort Washakie, died Monday, March 26, 2012, at the Wyoming Medical Center in Casper.

Her cremated remains will be scattered in the Wind River Mountains in the same area as those of her late husband.

Iris Johnson was born July 24, 1925, in Halfway to Irvin and Bernadette Johnson. She grew up in Casper.

During World War II, she worked in a munitions plant at the Mare Island Naval Shipyard in Vallejo, Calif., filling artillery shells for battleships and submarines.

Following the war, she returned to Wyoming and married Edmo "Buddy" LeClair Jr. on Feb. 3, 1946. at Fort Washakie. The couple lived on a ranch raising cattle and started a family.

Mrs. LeClair worked on the Democratic committee for many years.

Her family said Mrs. LeClair was a talented painter who created countless Western landscapes, which now grace many walls of friends and family. They said she was happiest when caring for her yard and camping and arrowhead hunting in the Wind River mountains and the Red Desert. They said she was an avid reader and enjoyed writing in her journals, watching the Los Angeles Lakers and Peyton Manning.

Survivors include her daughter, Phyllis LeClair of Fort Washakie; grandson Brian Lewis and great-granddaughter Chloe Ella Lewis of Seattle; sister Hazel Strader; in-laws William and Connie LeClair, Alta Mae LeClair, June Boyd and Edith Johnson; numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband and 14 brothers and sisters.

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