March 7, 1943 – Dec. 13, 2015
Funeral services for Patrick J. Whaley will be held Friday, Dec. 18 at 2 p.m. at Harness Funeral Home Chapel in Buffalo. Pat, 72, died Sunday, Dec. 13 at his ranch near Greybull.
He was born March 7, 1943, in Greybull, the son of James and Viola Whaley. He grew up on the family ranch and attended school in Greybull. After graduating from high school, Pat worked construction until he joined the United States Army; he served in Vietnam.
After receiving his honorable discharge, Pat returned to Wyoming and worked in construction.
He married Mary Beutler on Nov. 24, 1967; they raised their two children, Denise and Michael; they were married for 48 years.
Pat attended A&P School in Colorado then returned to Buffalo where he worked for Reimann Oil, and later for Coley’s Men’s Wear.
He purchased Beutler’s Surplus where he ruled Lobban Street for 22 years. Pat then opened a small engine repair shop at his house; he could be found there day and night cleaning and repairing equipment. He loved visiting with his customers and could occupy a good part of their day. He thought every piece of equipment should remain looking like new until after the end of its useful life and would not hesitate to tell you so.
He was a volunteer firefighter for many years and served as the Johnson County assistant fire warden; he was an original member of the Johnson County Rural Health Care Board and remained on the board for eight years. He was also a member of the Lions Club and attended the Union Congregational Church.
Pat loved being “Pa” to his grandchildren and attending their fairs and events. He happily gave advice to anyone who would listen, especially his kids. He loved being at home and kept every floor immaculate.
Pat was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Ione Atwood.
He is survived by his wife, Mary, of Buffalo; his daughter and son-in-law, Kevin and Denise Baars of Lusk; his son and daughter-in-law, Michael and Laura Whaley of Greybull; three sisters and brothers-in-law, Andy and Leabeth Powers of Virginia; Jerry and Carol Kincade of Oklahoma, and Bill and Karen Schell of Oregon; and five grandchildren, Chelsea and Kirby Baars, and Andi, Wyatt and Josey Whaley.
A private family interment will be held. Donations in Pat’s memory can be made to the Bread of Life Food Pantry or the St. Francis Animal Shelter in care of Harness Funeral Home, 351 North Adams in Buffalo.