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Feb 14, 2014 - Staff
Wallace Wolfrang died Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014, in Casper. He was 81 years old.
A visitation will be 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 16, at Blue Sky Hall in Ethete. Visitation will continue all night at the family home. The funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Monday, Feb. 17, also at Blue Sky Hall. Burial will follow in the Wolfrang Family Cemetery.
Wallace Wolfrang was born Oct. 30, 1932, at home, the son of Boat Wolfrang and Tillie Redman Wolfrang. He grew up in Johnstown Valley, Kinnear.
As a boy, he spent his winters attending St. Michael's Mission Boarding School, and in the summer, he helped his parents on the family farm.
On Jan. 7, 1952, he married Myrtle Louise Tyler, and they had two daughters, Alberta Little and Joann Wolfrang.
Eventually he settled in Johnstown Valley and made his home there. He worked as a ranch hand for numerous farms in the Morton, Kinnear, Midvale and Johnstown Valley area. He also worked as a laborer/carpenter for Arapaho Housing, as a ditch rider for the Bureau of Indian Affairs, and as a janitor for Wind River High School and Blue Sky Hall. He later worked delivering food to the homebound for Meals on Wheels.
His family said he enjoyed being outdoors, running his greyhounds, hunting for raccoons with his brother Tony, and big game hunting with his brothers, nephews and grandsons. He also liked to listen to the University of Wyoming Cowboys games on the radio, play card games at his kitchen table and attend Wind River High School football games. He participated in the Northern Arapaho sundance as a dancer, grandfather and sponsor, and he enjoyed being around his grandchildren.
He is survived by his children, Alberta Tyler Little and her husband Don Little and their children Tara (Anthony Rudd Sr.), Anthony Jr. and Taran, Troy, Donita (Gordon) Fulwilder, Athena and Jaime Moss, Jolene (Ismael) Nicholas, Ismael Jr., Lori Thomas, Santee and Naveah, Joanne Wolfrang Tucker and her husband Larry Tucker and their children Kelly Tucker, Glenn Tucker, Eric Tucker, Howard Friday and Kathleen Crispin and daughter Margaret Friday, Velinda Friday and Children Ivan Twobulls Jr., Misty Haddenham and Barbara Haddenham, Samantha Thomas and Son Ivan Thomas (Octavian); brother Carlos Harris; sisters Ida Brown, Tina Day and Florence Redman; nephews Al Willow, Edward Friday, Phillip Friday, Everett Eagle Sr. and Charles Manderson; nieces Florita S. Eagle, Caroline Bowers, Roberta Whiteplume, Betty Friday, Dorothy Gambler and Anna Whitplume; niece-in-law Marlene Piper Wolfrang; grandchildren he raised Amy Friday, Marcus Friday, Vana Warren, Everett Eagle Jr., Malcolm Bowers, Rhonda Bowers, Heather Friday, Myron Friday and Samuel Friday; other numerous nieces, nephews and grandchildren Carol Friday, Lazara Sanchez-Broncho (Darrold Jr.), Alicia Sanchez, Caleb Sanchez, Darrold Broncho III, Joann Friday, Byron Friday, Jerald Friday, Alfred Friday, Margaret Williams (Brian), Rochelle Mountain Freeman, Gibb Medicine Cloud, Christopher Friday, William Ferris, Aaron Ferris, Robin Manderson, Karen Manderson and Vernon Manderson.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Boat and Tillie Wolfrang; brothers Anthony Wolfrang, Edwin, Lawrence and Marvin Harris; sisters Lillian S. Eagle, Cecelia Friday, Constance Shotgun and Patsy Harris; nephews Bradford Friday, Lawrence Friday, Carth Friday, Eugene Friday, Leonard Friday, Edward Eagle Sr. and David Wolfrang; nieces Barbara Manderson, Millie A. Warren, Michelle Friday and Catherine Friday; grandchildren Jason Tucker, Rosanna Manderson, Kenneth Friday, Anthony Medicine Cloud, Jimmy Mountain and Pascual Sanchez Jr.; and great-grandchildren Shaun A. Thomas-Underwood, Xavier Friday and Utopia TwoBulls.
Services are under the direction of Hudson's Funeral Home of Lander. An online guest book is available at www.HudsonsFuneralHome.com.