April 2, 1954 – April 9, 2015
Memorial services for Fred V. Presley will be held Friday, April 17 at 2 p.m. at Grace Chapel in Worland. Fred, 61, died April 9 at St. Vincent Hospital in Billings.
Fred was born April 2, 1954, in Laramie, the 13th child of Charles Coleman and Flossie Kathyrine Williams Presley. The family moved to Big Horn County when Fred was very young and he attended school in several Big Horn County schools. He attained his GED following his military service.
Fred started working on ranches when he was 15 years old. He served in the United State Army during the Vietnam War. Following his service he returned to the Big Horn Basin where he ranched for many years. He also worked in the oil fields. During this time he married Glenda Davis. They had one son, Shane. The couple later divorced.
Fred moved to Gillette where he worked cleaning at the coal mines. He married Lynn Dean and they made their home in Gillette. They were later divorced.
Fred was very active in AA where he sponsored many people. He enjoyed speaking for AA groups about his long road to his nine years of sobriety.
He was a longtime member of the American Legion. He participated in rodeos when he was younger, and followed the rodeo circuit in his later years. Fred followed many of the American Indian beliefs and enjoyed studying their culture.
Fred had a big heart and loved to help his family and friends.
His parents; brothers Alvin, Robert and Charles Presley, and two sisters Wanda Mendoza and Dortha Whitiker, preceded Fred in death.
He is survived by his son Shane Presley of Burkburnett, Texas; brothers and sister-in-law, Edwin and Beverly Presley of Silverdale, Wash., and Delbert Presley of Basin; sisters and brothers-in-law, Sarah Thaxton of Basin, Bessie and Troy Wallace of Piggott, Ark., Alnetta and Wade Williams of Basin, Bonnie McDonald and Lela Ingersoll of Greybull and Flossie “Sas” Presley of Basin, and one granddaughter.