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William E. 'Eddie' Leake
Oct 10, 2012 - Staff
William E. "Eddie" Leake died in his sleep Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012. He was 66 years old.
Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12, at Davis Funeral Home with the Rev. Robin Stupka officiating.
William Edward "Eddie" Leake was born Jan. 20, 1946, to Iver William (Bill) Leake and Marjorie Leake in Riverton.
He graduated from Riverton High School in 1964, and then spent a year at Casper College. He then went to work for White Ditching, working there until they changed to Northern Utilities.
He became self-employed in 1976 and started Ed's Welding Service contracting as the field welder for Amoco in the Lander field and Winkleman Dome until later in 1985 when he became the plant welder for the Beaver Creek Field south of Riverton.
In 1981 he decided to branch out and started Badger Incorporated. On Sept. 11, 2002, he started the annual 9/11 Memorial Parade beginning with the Fremont County Oilfield workers, and then expanding it to include everyone who wanted to participate, which is hoped to continue without him.
He took early retirement from welding in 2008 and spent the last couple of years "playing with his cows and farming" until he sold his herd earlier this year and leased out his farm so he could spend time with his grandchildren and more time in his new camper, "the Taj Mahal," on the mountain.
His family said he loved spending time camping, hunting, fishing and playing with his family.
He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Jaci Leake; two daughters, Nicki Portschy and her husband Mike and grandson Michael of Riverton, and Robin Schamber and her husband Greg and grandchildren Brookely and Garret of Pinedale; his sisters, Carol Spann of Byron, Kaye and her husband Allan Westlake of Cheyenne, Glenda and Al Coyle of Riverton and Patti and Jack Fazendin of Riverton; aunt Dorothy, Betty Hagins of Billings, Mont., and Donna Furby of Nebraska; uncle Clark Van Vleet of Hudson; and numerous cousins, nephews, nieces, great-nephews and great-nieces.
He was preceded in death by his mother and father, Marjorie and Bill Leake; sister Sharon Roby; and numerous aunts and uncles.
Memorial donations would be appreciated to the Avenue of Flags, Wind River VFW Post 3628, in care of the Davis Funeral Home, 2203 W. Main St., Riverton, WY 82501 or the Wyoming State 4H Foundation Buck Underwood Memorial Scholarship.