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Larry Wolfley

March 25, 1938 ~ March 13, 2023 (age 84) 84 Years Old


Larry LeRoy Wolfley was born on March 25, 1938 to Bernice H. Cooper and Roy R. Wolfley at his grandmother’s house in Montpelier, Idaho. He was a beloved husband, father, brother, uncle, grandfather, great grandfather and a friend to many. He passed away on March 13, 2023. Larry grew up in Star Valley residing in Bedford, Wyo. for a short time before his family moved to Etna, Wyo. where he continued going to school and graduated from Star Valley High School. While living in Etna, he met Jolene, and they were inseparable. On August 26th, 1960, they were married for all eternity in the Idaho Falls LDS Temple. Prior to their marriage, Larry had enlisted in the Wyoming National Guard where he served proudly. Soon after he was married, he was sent to Fort Lewis Army Base by McChord Air Force Base in Washington state. After his enlistment ended, he came back to Etna where he and his wife started their family on the ranch up Stewart Trail. In a few years they were blessed with 3 boys and 1 girl.

While raising his kids and running a ranch, he also worked in construction for many years. He worked with the Wyoming Game and Fish Dept. building elk fences in Etna and Alpine areas. He was a hunting guide for the Gardner’s of Star Valley. Larry was a very hard worker with any job he did and made friends easily. He had a love for horses, he always had a few on the ranch. Most of them were raised and broke by him. This came in very handy because he was also an avid hunter. He did all his elk hunting behind the house up Stewart Trail. He also loved to fish. If he wasn’t working, he was on the Snake River at his favorite fishing hole. Most of the time the wife and kids accompanied him. He loved the outdoors so much. He was known for his “Deadeye” when  hunting, he was a great shot. He loved to go camping while he and his family would hunt antelope, it was always a great time and made many memories.

Larry loved life and lived it to the fullest until his health wouldn’t allow for it, outdoors at least. He had indoor hobbies that kept him occupied such as working leather. He has made many beautiful things with leather. Everything that he made looked very professional. He also did taxidermy. Mostly waterfowl and other small game birds, these were also beautifully done. He will be missed by all that knew and loved him.

Larry is preceded in death by his mother: Bernice H. Cooper and his father: Roy R. Wolfley and sister: Rosealene M. Wolfley.

He is survived by his wife: Jolene Wolfley, son: Randy L. Wolfley (Kim), son: James Wolfley, daughter: Lisa Day(Darin) and son: Kip L. Wolfley(Jake Peterson).

Also, he had 5 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren.

Brother; Bruce Wolfley and sister: LouAnna Harmon of Star Valley.

There will be a celebration of life memorial service later this summer, no date has been chosen as of yet. Friends and family will be notified of the finalized date, time and place.

We would also like to thank all the staff at Star Valley Health for their compassion and great care. Also, the Symbii hospice staff that took great care of him.

We would like to give a special thanks to Jessica Winters who without her we would have been lost. She went above and beyond for us all, she was with dad everyday and into the evenings. She went home late on a daily basis just to stay and be with us and help wherever needed.

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