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Herbert "Herb" Holliday

Jan 21, 2014 - Staff

Herbert "Herb" Holliday, of rural Riverton, died Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, at his home. He was 81 years old.

A viewing will be 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 21, at Davis Funeral Home and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 22, at Davis Funeral Home. A funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 22, at Mountain View Cemetery.

Herbert Raymond Holliday was born Feb. 7, 1932, in Morrill, Neb., the son of Harvey and Dorothy (Snow) Holliday. His family moved from Nebraska to eastern Wyoming before settling in the Shoshoni area. He attended school in Shoshoni.

On March 1, 1952, he married Dessie Pearl Honeycutt in Riverton. Together they raised three children.

Growing up, he helped his father on the family farm in Missouri Valley, and eventually he bought his own farm in Paradise Valley and ran it until he sold it in 1976. He then worked for A.D. Martin Lumber. He worked for Cream O' Weber Dairy doing all the maintenance on their equipment until his retirement.

His family said he was a well-known fast-pitch softball player and was instrumental in making the sport popular in Fremont County. He played for more than 30 years all around the state. He finally stopped playing when he was in his early 50s. He played with the American Softball Association. He was also a state champion horseshoe pitcher and belonged to the National Horseshoe Pitching Association. Along with all the outdoor sports he competed in, he was also an avid bowler.

He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Dessie Holliday, of Riverton; son Miles (Dawn) Holliday; daughter Beverlee (Kevin) Wright of Pinedale; grandchildren Tera Holliday, Aaron Holliday, Jessica Schell, J.J. Williamson, Ashlee Myers and Mikaela Loveland; 11 great-grandchildren; brother Larry (Judy) Holliday of Riverton; in-laws Art Honeycutt, Max and Carol Ferguson, Kenny and Joyce Honeycutt, Wilmer and Carolyn Clark, Ila Petersen, Rosella Petersen and Tess Holliday; and numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Harvey and Dorothy Holliday, his brother, Hank Holliday, and his son, Rodney H. "Doc" Holliday.

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

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