Raymond ‘Ray’ Paul Fetzer Sr.

Nov. 23, 1925 – Dec. 26, 2011

A memorial service for longtime Basin resident Raymond “Ray” Paul Fetzer Sr. was held Tuesday, Jan. 3 at the Atwood Family chapel in Greybull.  Ray died Dec. 26 in Billings.

Ray was born Nov. 23, 1925, in Fullerton, N.D., to Edward and Pauline (Rassler) Fetzer.  He attended school in Fullerton through the eighth grade. The family moved to Powell in 1939 and Ray graduated from Powell High School in 1944. He was active in sports and still holds the 100-yard dash record in track. He also played basketball, football and junior league baseball.

Ray married Patricia Bartley in 1947.  From this union three children were born:  Ray Jr., Pamela and Peggy. They divorced in 1951.

He married Rose Leis in 1953.  From this union, four sons were born: Randal Fetzer, now living in Hawaii; twin boys, David and Daniel and then Wayne, who were all borne premature and did not survive.  A nephew, Kenny Gordon Leis, joined the family in 1955.

Ray was a graduate of the School of Mortuary Science in St. Louis and used his license part-time for at least 30 years in Basin and previously in Douglas, Cody and Powell. He moved to Basin in 1957, worked for Big Horn Rural Electric for 31 years and retired in 1987.

He was a licensed umpire for Little League and Junior Legion baseball for 15 years.  When he came to Basin, Ray started women’s softball.  He coached women’s and girls softball. He also played on a softball team for many years. Ray was an avid fisherman and loved camping.

He was treasurer of the Big Horn County Library Board and served on the senior citizen’s board for many years. This does not begin to encompass his life. He loved people, laughter and life. He was a good man and he was loved.

Ray is preceded in death by his parents, Edward and Pauline Fetzer; three sons, David and Daniel Fetzer and Wayne Fetzer; his brother Lester Fetzer; and his sister Freda Bardell.

Ray is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Rose Fetzer of Basin; his sons, Ray and Lanette Fetzer of Powell, Randy Fetzer of Honolulu, Hawaii, and Kenny and Kathy Leis of Grand Junction, Colo.; his daughters, Pamela and John Babson of Cheyenne and Peggy and Terry Melander of Kenai, Alaska; his sister, Gloria and Magnar Haram of Spooner, Wis.; 12 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandson.

Burial followed the service at the Mount View Cemetery in Basin with full military graveside rites conducted by the American Legion Marion Tanner Post 29.  A reception followed at the Greybull Elks Lodge.

Memorials in Ray’s name will be received at Bank of Greybull, 601 Greybull Ave., Greybull, WY 82426.  Proceeds will go to the South Big Horn Senior Center in Greybull and to the American Legion Marion Tanner Post 29.