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Bernard T. McCoy
Feb 21, 2012 - Staff
Funeral services for Bernard T. McCoy, 91, of Riverton, are at 10 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 23, at St. Margaret's Catholic Church in Riverton with the Rev. Father John Gaffney officiating. Interment follows at Mountain View Cemetery in Riverton.
A rosary is at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 22, at the Davis Funeral Home of Riverton with visitation one hour before the rosary.
Mr. McCoy died Sunday, Feb. 19, 2012, at Riverton Memorial Hospital.
Bernard Thomas McCoy was born May 16, 1920, in Mitchell, Neb., the son of William and Ida (McDowd) McCoy. He attended the first through sixth grades of school in Torrington, until the family moved to Riverton in 1933 to homestead in Paradise Valley. He then attended seventh through 12th in Riverton, graduating in 1939.
On June 12, 1941, he married Frances Lillian Downey at St. Margaret's Catholic Church in Riverton.
The couple farmed in Paradise Valley for many years before selling the farm in 1965. They kept the house and a few acres for pasture. Mr. McCoy worked as a carpet layer for several businesses, including Stylhomes, Plains Furniture and Floor Covering, and Sears. He also did private contract work for various individuals, and laid carpet in the Jackson Lake Lodge. Later he bought the franchise for Service Master and had that business for six years. In 1979, he and his wife opened their waterbed store, Sweet Dreams, and operated that until 1995.
His family said Mr. McCoy enjoyed playing pinochle at Sertoma and bridge in the community.
He was a member of St. Margaret's Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus-fourth degree. He also served as a Senior Companion and hospice volunteer.
Mr. McCoy is survived by his sons, Tom and his wife Carla of Riverton, Kenneth of Flagstaff, Ariz., Michael and his wife Kathy of Lysite, Wayne of Casper, Gayle and his wife, Martha of Elko, Nev., Patrick and his wife Shari of DeSoto, Kan., and Robin of Billings, Mont.; daughters, Ruth Dickman and her husband Gary of Riverton, Rita Allred and her husband Mike of Riverton, and Suzie Weinrich and her husband, JR of Prescott Valley, Ariz.; his sister, Eileen Samuelson of Ellensburg, Wash.; 24 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
Mr. McCoy was preceded in death by his wife; his parents; one sister, Marguerite Stone; six brothers, Ambrose, Art, Cecil, Cletus, Harold and Lawrence; his son, Charles McCoy, and his grandson, Victor McCoy.
Memorials may be made to the Help for Health Hospice Home in care of the Davis Funeral Home, 2203 W. Main St., Riverton, WY 82501.
Services are under the direction of the Davis Funeral Home (www.theDavisFuneralHome.com) of Riverton.