Memorial Saturday for Bill Lemley |

Memorial Saturday for Bill Lemley


A memorial service will be Saturday for William Ray Lemley, who passed away Feb. 1 in Breckenridge from a heart attack.Lemley was born April 17, 1963, in Riverton, Wyo., and grew up in Rapid City, S.D.

He graduated from the University of Wyoming in 1988 with a Bachelor of Science degree in finance. It was during college that his love for the outdoors was sparked, starting with climbing Mt. McKinley, Alaska, in 1984. He was an avid outdoor enthusiast and spent his summers windsurfing in Hood River, Ore., and his winters skiing in Colorado. He had a huge passion for skiing and was an expert skier. Lemley instructed at Copper Mountain and Breckenridge with a PSIA level 3 certification. Lemley often frequented the Utah desert during the off-season for mountain biking, rock climbing, rafting and mayhem with his friends and family. In recent years, Lemley was an associate Realtor in Summit County and a freestyle ski judge with aspirations to judge freestyle events for the Olympics. He was also a wonderful and caring uncle to his niece and nephew.

Everyone who knows Lemley will describe him differently, but he will be remembered for his boisterous laugh and his quick-spirited wit. He had the uncanny gift of making you snort-laugh with his fresh perspective on any situation. Lemley cherished the companionship of his dear friends and would go to great lengths for their happiness and welfare. He will be missed dearly by those who knew and loved him.Lemley was preceded in death by his mother, Connie Landstrom Drew, who passed away just three weeks before Lemley’s tragic and untimely death.

Lemley is survived by his sister Cheri Lemley of Rapid City, S.D.; his brother, Dr. Robert Lemley and his wife Brigitte and their two children Zoe and Casper of Bozeman, Mont.; and his father, William R. Lemley Sr. of Hermosa, S.D.Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday at Father Dyer Church in Breckenridge with Father Ron Griffin presiding. Visitation will be held from 5:30-7 p.m. on Friday at the Rocky Mountain Funeral Home in Breckenridge and at the church at 1 p.m. Donations may be made to Alcoholics Anonymous.

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