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Wallace 'Wally' N. Cockerham
Aug 22, 2012 - Staff
Wallace "Wally" N. Cockerham formerly of Fremont County, died Monday, Aug. 13, 2012, at the Central Wyoming Hospice Kloefcorn Home in Casper. He was 69 years old.
At his request, there will be no services.
Wallace N. Cockerham was born Oct. 3, 1942, in Trout, La. He spent his summers in Wyoming and moved there permanently in 1964.
He met and married Shirley J. Race in 1968, and they spent 44 wonderful years together.
He began his working life in the oil fields and eventually had a long career as a heavy duty mechanic at US Steel and Pacific Corp. until his retirement in 2002.
His family said he enjoyed the mountains of Wyoming and loved to hunt, fish, camp and snowmobile. He enjoyed watching motor sports and spending time with his family, especially his "pupperdog" Zoe. His family said he was loved by everyone who had the pleasure to meet him and will be greatly missed.
He is survived by his wife, Shirley; children Sonya, Wally Jr. and his wife Sheryl, Derek and his wife Pam and Tracey and her husband Joe; grandson William; granddaughters Danielle and Ashley; his special sister-in-law Celest Pugh and her two boys and their families; his siblings, Jack and his wife Linda, Tom and his wife Sharon, twins Phyllis and her husband T.W. and Phillip; his favorite aunt, Minnie; his "adopted" daughter, Kelly Townsend; his "adopted" grandchildren, Don Jones, Hailey Cardona, Leilani and Ryan Townsend; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Claud and Jesse Cockerham; his nephew, Brian Judd Cockerham; two special brothers-in-law, Eddie Pugh and Roy Race; his father-in-law, Kenneth Race, and mother-in-law, Pearl Race, who were like his second set of parents.
In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to Central Wyoming Hospice or the Diabetes Foundation.
Condolences for the family may be left at bustardsfuneralhome.com.