Raymond Bruce Amende age 72 of Gillette Wyoming died unexpectedly of natural causes on August 24, 2022 while tending to his cattle.
Bruce was born on August 22 1950 in Sheridan Wyoming to Raymond Lloyd Amende and Jessie Louise Amende. He is survived by his loving wife of 30 years, Lorraine Ann Amende; 2 bonus children, Robert E Hoyle (Judy), and Catherine H. Hendricks (James); 3 bonus grandchildren, Steven Hendricks (Crystal), R.J. Hoyle (Rachel), Tommy Hoyle (Laura) and 8 Great-Grandchildren: Carolyn Grace Hendricks, Robbie, Jimmy, Johnny, Marty, Lizzie, Richie, and Charlotte Hoyle of Dinwiddie; 4 siblings, Larry Amende of Alzeda Montana, Dennis Amende( Rita) of Haiden Lake, ID, Carol Ailshire (Dick) of White Hall, MT, and Nancy Gould of Miles City, MT.
Bruce was preceded in death by his siblings Virginia and Melvin Amende.
Bruce was a lifetime rancher and 100% cowboy. While growing up, he sang in the choir. He was a great athlete. He graduated from Victor High School in Victor, Montana, and attended the University of Montana on a basketball scholarship.
He worked for the TR Ranch in Recluse, WY as a ranch foreman. Bruce was a Volunteer firefighter for Campbell county as well as a Fire Marshall for Recluse, WY.
Bruce later went on to start his own Ranch, running his own herd with his wife, Lorraine. He enjoyed reading Western novels by Louis L'amour, spoiling his cats and dogs, and watching football.
Bruce was an avid team roper where he won many championships, saddles, and belt buckles. In his downtime, he enjoyed working with wood, building and designing different masterpieces. He trained and broke horses, was a hunting guide for antelope and elk, enjoyed game hunting, and he was very proud of his Yahtzee skills and trophies. He enjoyed dancing with his wife, which is what brought he and his lovely wife together. He was very fond of his family and had a special love for his grandchildren and great grandchildren. He was well loved within his community and made many lasting friendships and he will be greatly missed. He never met a stranger.
Services for Bruce will be conducted on Thursday, September 1st at the Recluse Community Trust Hall beginning at 11am, with burial at Recluse cemetery to immediately follow. A time of fellowship and reception will be held at the Recluse Community Trust Hall after burial.
Condolences may be expressed below on this tribute page, and memorial contributions and flowers may be sent directly to Gillette Memorial Chapel, 210 W. 5th St, Gillette, WY, 82716.
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