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Nov 2, 2012 - Staff
Jerry Felix died Tuesday, Oct. 30, at Lander Regional Hospital. He was 81 years old.
A celebration of life will be at 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2, at the Museum of the American West.
Jerry Felix was born Feb. 16, 1931, in Mountain View, the son of Johnie and Naomi (Wilson) Felix.
He graduated from Mountain View High School in 1949. Following graduation he attended Northwest Community College where he played basketball. He then served two years in the Army with the 82nd Airborne Division Paratroopers, stationed in Fort Benning, Ga.
After his discharge from the Army, he worked various oilfield and seismograph jobs, and during that time came to work in Lander. While working in Lander he met his wife and the love of his life for 58 years, Flora MacDonald.
His job required the couple to travel, and they lived in several places before settling in Lander where he was employed at U.S. Steel for 21 years. After the mine closed he went to work for Fremont County Road and Bridge, and also drove truck for a couple of local construction companies.
He was involved with rodeo for most of his life, and his family said he loved to team rope and ride bucking horses. He also enjoyed playing the guitar, reading, golfing and playing city league basketball until he was 50. Watching his grandchildren participate in sports and rodeo became his favorite pastime in later years.
He is survived by his wife, Flora; son John (Sara); daughter Richi (Scott) Krassin; grandchildren Kelsey (Will) Berg, Katie (Beau) LeDoux and Calli and Riley Krassin; great-granddaughter Hallie Berg; brothers Wilson Felix and Chuck Pollet; sisters Chris (John) Petrich and Jicki (Mike) Brown; sister-in-law Margaret Appleby; and many loved nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his sister-in-law Gladys Felix and brothers-in-laws Jack Appleby and Donnie MacDonald.
The family requests that donations be made to the Lander Old Timer's Rodeo Association, or a charity of the donor's choice.