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January 13, 2009 3:38 am

Richard Lee Hawley

Written by Tribune Staff

(April 13, 1928 - Dec. 26, 2008)

Richard Lee Hawley, 80, died Friday, Dec. 26 in Bermuda Dunes, Calif., where he was visiting family.

Richard was born in Underwood, N. D., on April 13, 1928, to Charles and Caroline (Bastian) Hawley. He was diagnosed with mesothelioma in July 2007.

Richard was raised on a stock farm with his five brothers: Charles, Edward Robert, Donald Patrick, James Thomas and John Paul (Jack).

He worked for his uncle, Fred Hawley, on the Rocking Chair Ranch in Dubois from 1946-48. He then joined the Marine Corps and served aboard the U.S.S Valley Forge until he was honorably discharged in 1952. He came back to Wyoming and again worked on the Rocking Chair Ranch until 1959. He bought a ranch in Goodrich, N. D. in 1960 and farmed 1,900 acres, raising buffalo and Galloway Angus cattle, along with doing veterinary work in the community.

He returned to Wyoming in 1974 and bought seven acres on the South Fork where he designed and built his own home. His best friend and wife “SweetP” moved in with him, and they enjoyed their many pack trips up the South Fork and in the Dubois area. He was also an accomplished pilot, and he owned several planes which he flew back and forth to visit friends and relatives in N.D.

To their union, SweetP brought two daughters: Tawna Ann (Rod) McQueen of Thermopolis and Sara Fenimore of Bermuda Dunes, Calif.: four granddaughters and one greatgranddaughter. They moved from the South Fork in 1999 to Powell and met many new friends and fishing buddies.

He is survived by his best friend and wife of 31 years; brothers Ed, Don, Jim (Sherry) and Jack (Lorraine); and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Charles.

Richard has been cremated and his ashes will be placed in Riverside Cemetery with a memorial to follow at a later date.