Leonard W. Floyd


(July 29, 2006)

Memorial services for Leonard Wallace (Wally) Floyd, Sr., 80, Cody, who died Saturday, July 29 at West Park Hospital, were held Wednesday, Aug. 2 at the Cody LDS Stake Center.

Burial will be Friday, Aug. 4 in Kemmerer.

Born in St. Charles, Idaho, on Nov. 29, 1925, he was the son of Jesse and Ruby (Palmer) Floyd. He moved to Cokeville at the age of 4 after the death of his mother.

He was the oldest of five children, and because of the difficult times and size of the family, his father was forced to send him and his brother, Jay, to Boys Town in Nebraska for their education and care. He graduated in 1943 and returned to Kemmerer.

He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1944 and served in the Pacific Theater during World War II on the destroyer escort USS William Sieverling. He was honorably discharged in 1946.

On Feb. 2, 1947, he married the love of his life, Lorraine Belle Morrison, in Kemmerer. They moved to Casper, and he started a new job with Mountain Bell Telephone and Telegraph Co. In 1959, he transferred with Mountain Bell to Douglas and became the manager of the Douglas office.

He had always dreamed of living near the mountains and transferred to Cody in 1967. He retired after 37 years with Mountain Bell in 1983. He later went to work on the Buchanan Ranch on Upper Sage Creek and retired a second time in 1989.

He enjoyed fishing, hunting, camping, woodworking, bowling and spending time with family and friends. He especially loved being with his grandchildren. He was a proud member of Local 7601, Communication Workers of America, a member of the Telephone Pioneers, Boys Town National Alumni Assn., and the VFW.

Survivors include his wife of 59 years; three sons, Leonard W. Floyd Jr. and wife Della of Port Angeles, Wash., Bruce Alan Floyd and companion Patricia of Powell and Kim A. Floyd and wife Sheri of Cheyenne; a daughter, Lora Lee Becker of Cody; brother Jerry Floyd of Kemmerer; three grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Stanley Jay and Palmer; two sisters, Ravenna Joslin and Lois Beachler; and a grandson, Christoper Alan.

Memorials may be made to Father Flanagan’s Boys Home, Boys Town, NE 68010. Ballard Funeral Home, Cody, handled arrangements.