Ranger Richard E. Way – 6D


Richard “Dick” Way died on May 2, 2010 at West Park Long Term Care Center at age 90. He was born April 27, 1920 in Missouri to John and Addie Way. He and his family moved to Wyoming when he was very young. He attended Cody Schools and graduated from Cody High School in 1938.

On October 7, 1941 he married Patsy LeClere in Red Lodge, Montana and left for basic training the next day. He first served with the 98th Field Artillery Battalion “The Mule Pack Unit”, and was sent to New Guinea in 1943. The US Army decided the Battalion was obsolete and removed the unit’s 800 mules. Dick volunteered to join a new unit that was being formed under the command of Lt. Col. Henry Mucci and thus became a 6th Ranger. Dick was very proud of his service to our country and continued with his patriotism until his death. He was a member of the VFW and a 66 year member of the Cody Elks Lodge.

After the war Dick returned home to Cody. In 1946, he and Pat were blessed with daughter, Nancy and in 1947 with daughter, Georgann. He lived and worked in the Cody area until partnering with Curtis Buckingham in 1956 and together they purchased D&C Texaco. He worked at the station for 20 years until retiring in 1976. He spent much of his retirement working in his beautiful yard and around his home.

After his wife Pat died in 1999, he suffered some health problems and moved into the Long Term Care Center in 2001, where he was a resident until his death.

Dick is preceded in death by his wife, Pat; daughter, Georgann; his brothers; Olen, Gordon, Darrell, and Kenneth; and by his sister, Irene.

He is survived by his daughter Nancy (John) Rimbey; his granddaughter Amy (David) Tardiff; his son-in-law, Paul Sperry; his sister, Roberta Mackin; his twin brother, Bob Way; younger brother, John Way; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services are scheduled for Friday May 7th at 1 PM at Ballard Funeral home with graveside services to follow. Memorial donations may be made to WWII Veterans Honor Flight Program, c/o Cody Elks Lodge or to the charity of your choice.