Wayne Robert Hockaday died suddenly March 13, 2017, at Washakie Medical Center in Worland, Wyo. He was 82.
He was born in Alamosa Oct. 12, 1934, to Fred and Wilhamein (Armstrong) Hockaday. He graduated from high school in Montrose, then attended college in Greeley and Adams State College in Alamosa. He enlisted in the U.S. Army and served four years during the Korean conflict.
He married Sonja Stewart of Mosca in the 1950s. Four children were born to this union. They later divorced.
The occupation he enjoyed the most was as a "fishing hand" for the oil and gas companies.
He was an avid outdoorsman and survived being stranded for five days in the Black Mountain area of Wyoming while hunting last fall. He liked to hunt and fish and was a team roper and bronc rider when he was younger.
On Aug. 5, 1991, he married Tammy Gerard in Delta. With that marriage came six stepchildren. In 1993 he was forced into retirement as a result of an accident while working in Delta. The couple moved to Thermopolis, Wyo., in 1995.
He is survived by his children, Allen, William and Gayla Stremming, all of Casper, Wyo.; five stepchildren, Judith, Catrina, Troy, Brock and Rodney; brothers, Dean of Oilton, Okla., and Gary of Longmont, Vaughn of Delta; and sister, Janet Wilson of Delta.
He was preceded in death by one son, Ryan; one stepson, Robert Parmer; and former wife, Sonja.
Services were held March 16 in Thermopolis, Wyo.
On Tuesday, Sept. 11, the Delta County Board of Commissioners called a special meeting to consider the board's response to the Bureau of Land Management's preliminary Environmental Assessment (EA) concerning the lease parcels proposed for the December BLM sale.
Several people from the North Fork were present to provide input.