Gerald P. 'Jerry' Headley Sr.

Sep 5, 2012 Staff

Gerald P. "Jerry" Headley Sr., of Arapahoe, died Saturday, Sept. 1, 2012, at the Wyoming Medical Center. He was 66 years old.

Funeral mass will be at 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 7, at the St. Stephen's Catholic Church. Burial will follow at the Arapahoe Catholic Cemetery. A rosary will be at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 6, at the church. A wake will follow at the family home, 50 Left Hand Ditch Road, Arapahoe.

Gerald Paul Headley Sr. was born March 24, 1946, in Fort Washakie to Arnold Headley and Catherine (Bear) Redfield.

He was raised in Thermopolis and graduated Flandrea Indian High School in South Dakota. He attended Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colo., before serving in the U.S. Marine Corp during Vietnam. He received the National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with One Star, Vietnam Campaign Medal with Device, Combat Action Ribbon, Riffle Sharpshooter Badge and the Purple Heart. He was honorably discharged Jan. 11, 1969, as a corporal.

He was a member of the St. Margaret's Catholic Church, Arthur-Antelope Brown Post No. 84 and served many years as commander.

He moved back to Arapahoe following his military career.

He married Alice L. Bell on July 15, 1984, at St. Stephen's Catholic Church.

His family said he was an avid outdoorsman who taught all his kids to hunt and fish. He enjoyed reading Western books, especially Louis L'Amour novels, watching the Denver Broncos and boxing on TV, spending time with his grandchildren and traveling all over, mainly in the mountains.

He worked most of his life for the Road Department with the BIA and was employed by the Arapaho Economic Development Committee. Throughout his life he also worked on oil rigs, the Arapaho Ranch, the Riverton VA clinic and the Wind River Casino Security.

He is survived by his wife, Alice; aunt Delight O'Neal; children Gerald "Percy" Headley Jr., Corrine Addision, Cathy Headley, Christina Bell, Chelsie Wolf, Ron Howard and Martin Brown; siblings Kenny Redfield Sr., Charles Redfield, Rhonda Medebeles, John Headley, Ida Monroe and her husband Wesley, Joyce Underwood and her husband Ray, Mike Duran, Delmar Duran Sr., Judy Duran, Oliver "Bobby" Bear, Ivan Bear, Tommy Y'Barra, Louis Headley, Carlene Headley, Sandra Oldman and their families; grandchildren Alex, Austin, Cecelia and Lyndsey Eagle, Rose Mary, Jaden, Faith, Gabriella and Catherine Headley, Lyndsey Eagle, Miles Glick and Elizabeth and Brianna Howard; great-grandchildren Alex Jr. and Hollie Eagle and Skylah and Nickoli White Antelope; and numerous other relations of the Monroe, Duran, Shakespeare, Headley, Brown, Willow, Y'Barra and relatives in Montana of the Bear, Brockie and the Nez Perce families.

He was preceded in death by his father, Ronald Headley; mother Katherine Redfield; uncles Carl, Wilbur and Stewart Headley, Dewey and Charles O'Neal and Philip Bear and Albert Willow; brothers Quinton Headley and Reno Soundingsides; nephews Alfred and Christopher Topaum and Neal Moon.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Davis Funeral Home of Riverton.

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