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Friends mourn Wyoming men killed in Saturday plane crash near Thief River Falls

Alex Alexander Layhon Jr.

Alex Alexander Layhon Jr.

Alex Alexander Layhon Jr. passed away from cancer on January 18, 2017. "Al" was born on Sept 1, 1937 in Pembina, ND. He served in the US Navy from 1955 to 1958 and after an honorable discharge made his way to California. He started visiting the Kern River Valley in the 1960s and eventually moved to Lake Isabella in 1982 where he made his home in Southlake. A plumber by trade, he often joked that he had more than likely worked on the plumbing in more than half the homes in the Lake Isabella area. Al was a member of the Moose and active in the Eagles. He was always one of the first to volunteer to help anyone in need. This good and generous man always made sure the people he cared for were secure and had all they needed without asking for anything in return.

Al was preceded in death by his parents Alex Sr and Lena Layhon of Pembina, ND, his loving wife Belle Layhon, his dear companion Kay Jones, his brothers Michael and John and his sister Barbara Hagen.

He is survived by his sisters Mary Bordeniuk, Catherine (Ernie) Klegstad, Sophie Zaharia, Rose Younggren, Doris (Ray) Heiser, Annie (Frank) Bergh, Helen (Tom) Weleske, Margaret Mattson, Belle's son Jesse (Gloria) Baker and Kay's son Lee (Peggy) Heise as well as many nieces and nephews.

We would like to personally thank Betty Andrews for her friendship to Al during his illness. We would also like to thank Optimal Hospice and Chris Gottier for the care and comfort given to Al during his final days. You are all truly God's angels.

Goodbye dear brother, uncle and friend. We are blessed to have had you in our lives and take comfort in knowing you are now in the arms of our Lord.

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