Carl Obe Dockery, 84, passed away March 2nd, 2021. Carl was born September 19th, 1936 in Thermopolis, Wyoming to Clifford and Edna (Ready) Dockery. After high school, Carl worked on the Arapahoe Ranch with his father, and he then went on to work at the Pitchfork at Meeteetse, George Woods on No Wood River at Ten Sleep, Spratts at Lost Cabin, Antler Ranch on the Powder River at Arvada, Kennedy and Brown north of Sheridan, Paul Axtell east of Thermopolis, and Landis Webber West of Thermopolis.
Ranching wasn’t Carl’s only love- He married Carol Dockery (Ireland), on May 20th, 1959 and they shared over 62 beautiful years together. Before moving to Mud Creek, he worked on a drilling rig for about three months. However, he knew this was not the life for him and in 1968, he bought the ranch on Mud Creek Road and spent the remainder of his life creating his legacy. Carl was also a member of many different organizations and had many hobbies. He was part of the Hot Springs County Farm Bureau, where he sat as Vice President. He was also a founding member of the Hot Springs County Natural Resources Planning Board, and the Kiwanis Thermopolis chapter. He was inducted into the Wyoming Cowboy Hall of Fame in 2017, and also a member of the Hot Springs County Historical Society, the Pioneer Association, and most importantly the Church of Christ-Thermopolis. He enjoyed stream-fishing, hunting, and spending time with family and friends.
Carl is survived by his wife Carol of Thermopolis; brother William “Bill” (Marlene) of Lusk, brother-in-law Frank Rhodes of Thermopolis, 4 children, Pam (Jack) Bailey of Gillette, Claudette (Kenneth) Wilcox of West Fork, Arkansas, Billie (Roy) Mayfield of Thermopolis, and Thad (Andrea) Dockery of Sweet Water River; along with 7 grandchildren, and 4 great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his sister, Barbra June Dockery, parents, brother Robert (Bob) Dockery, and sister Colleen (Dockery) Rhodes. Carl was a friend to many, a light for Christ to all, a true cowboy, one of a kind.
Services will be held at the Hot Springs County Fair Building on March 13th, at 1:00 PM with Mike Baker of the Church of Christ officiating.
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