Ray L Hyde passed away peacefully on September 5th, 2021 in Osmond, Wy. He was 85 years old.
Ray was born on November 28, 1935 in Auburn, Wy to Keith Hyde and Ruth Lancaster. He attended grade school in Auburn and Jr. High and High School in Afton, WY. Ray later earned his GED.
His resume began with cowboying on ranches in Big Piney and Jackson Wy. It was during his time on the ranch in Jackson that he met Vonnie Pardew. Vonnie's father, AJ Pardew, was helping build the Palisades Dam which is what brought them to the area from Bozeman, MT. Ray and Vonnie were married on December 12, 1956 in Bridger Canyon on the Ham Ranch. To this union two children were born; Darcy and Wade.
Ray was drafted into the United States Army in February 1959. He completed boot camp at Fort Ord, CA. He then was accepted into the Army Airborne earning his jump wings on September 3, 1959 at Fort Campbell, Kentucky with the 101st Airborne Division. He was honorably discharged on January 31st, 1965.
After discharge, Ray returned to Wyoming and began his career in oilfield exploration. This career took him to many different locations which include an offshore rig in the Cook Inlet of Alaska to the Southern borders of California. He started working floors as a roughneck and earned his way to the top as a driller. Ray decided to take his career to the next level and began his own business, Rawhide Trucking and Tools, which he refurbished and sold drilling bits. He did this until his retirement. Ray was a good businessman and survived many boom and bust seasons of the oilfield industry.
Family was the pinnacle of Ray's life. Ray loved to spend every moment he could in the mountains hunting and fishing with his brothers and family. He also enjoyed a good hand of cards and a competitive round of golf. One of his pride and joys was his champion cutter racing teams. He loved to travel and checked many worldwide destinations off his bucket list. Ray will be remembered for his stubborn independence and determined work ethic.
He is survived by his children Wade (Tammy) Hyde of Auburn, WY, Darcy (Peter Grzechowiak) Lorenzon of Fox Point, Wisconsin; Brothers Clealon Hyde, LaMoyne (J Ann) Hyde; Sister Norma Polk. Granddaughters Skye Marie (Skye) Coleman-Weisz, Jenna (Kyle) Swaner, and Abbagail Ruth Hyde. Great Granddaughters Kirra and Aspyn Coleman-Weisz; Mallory and Allie Swaner. Also numerous cousins,nieces, and nephews
He is preceded in death by his parents Keith and Ruth Hyde. Brothers Duane and Terry Hyde.