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The Fence Post obituary: William (Bill) Cheney

William (Bill) Cheney, 84

Jan. 11, 1935 – Jan. 26, 2019

Casper, Wyo.

William (Bill) Cheney, a fourth generation rancher, and pilot in Natrona County, passed on Jan. 26, 2019.

Bill was born Jan. 11, 1935, in Casper, the son of James H. Cheney and Josephine (Jo) Cheney-Moore. He received his early education at the Red Creek Country School and graduated from Natrona County High School in 1953. He enjoyed ranching, flying, hunting, fishing, the great outdoors, rodeo and blackjack.

Bill was preceded in death by his father James H. Cheney and mother Josephine (Jo) Cheney-Moore as well as brothers, Jim and Vern Cheney.

Bill was a rancher, a pilot and cowboy poet. He founded his own aviation company in 1977 and during his time as a pilot he amassed over 17,000 flight hours with over 10,000 hours in tail-wheeled aircraft. Bill prided himself on being one of the best bush pilots in Wyoming. He served as a flight instructor to many future tail-dragger pilots, and Bill himself was an accomplished professional in wildlife research, predator control and spray pilot. He was highly respected in the aviation world and was inducted into the Wyoming Aviation Hall of Fame in November 2012.

His community roots went deep serving on many boards including the ASCS and SCS, and the school board. He was a member and past president of the Wyoming Flying Farmers & Ranchers Association, and a lifetime member of the Elks Lodge.

Bill is survived by his wife Patricia Ann Cheney; sons Robert G. Cheney and Daniel A. Cheney, Casper, Wyo.; granddaughter Peggy J. Cheney of Gatesville, Texas.

A funeral service and reception for William H. Cheney, 84, was held on Feb. 2, 2019, at the Elks Club, Casper, a reception followed.

Bustards Funeral Home, Casper, Wyo., was in charge of the arrangements