Thomas E. Avery

Feb 1, 2013 Staff

Thomas E. Avery, of Riverton, died Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013, at his home after a battle with cancer. He was 85 years old.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, at Davis Funeral Home, with the Rev. Ron Clapp officiating. A viewing will be 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Saturday. Cremation will take place after the service.

Thomas Earl Avery was born Jan. 5, 1928, in Lander, the son of Earl Avery and Florence (Thomas) Avery. He spent his entire life in Fremont County and attended Fremont County Vocational High School.

He married Waunetah Loghry on April 19, 1952, in Riverton. Together they built the Riverton Greenhouse.

Mr. Avery was a heavy equipment operator in the construction industry and also spent time working on the Alaskan pipeline, in the uranium mines in the Gas Hills and Jeffrey City and for Fremont County Solid Waste District. He retired in 1990.

He will be remembered for many things, including his time in the U.S. Air Force. He served his country during World War II and the Korean War, achieving the rank of staff sergeant.

He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3628 in Riverton.

His family said his passions were fishing and elk hunting. He hunted and fished all over Wyoming, including Ocean Lake, Avery Lane, Fish Lake, Dubois and Boysen Reservoir. He also traveled many times to Montana to fish for paddlefish. The family said he was an exceptional gardener.

He is survived by his wife of more than 60 years, Waunetah; children Earline Avery Quimby of Fort Peck, Mont., Connie Avery of Riverton, Dawn Beer and her husband Ken of Meeteetse and Tom Avery of Elko, Nev.; grandchildren Amy, Mica, Dawnyell, Bobby, Dusty and Chad; four great-grandchildren; and half-brother Henry Laird of Phoenix.

He was preceded in death by his parents and sisters Betty Hedges, Evelyn Witt and Madge Gavin.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Davis Funeral Home of Riverton. Online condolences may be left at

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