June 13, 1949, to December 30, 2021
Farewell, Billey Ray Clingan Sr., you fought so hard and rallied, only to be taken from us far too soon.
From a young age, Billey was always on the go and had a zest for life. He served our country by joining the Army during the Vietnam War, having received two honorable discharges in 1967 and 1969.
He married his first wife, Sandy, in 1969. Together, they had three children. Sandy died unexpectedly in 1976, leaving Billey to raise three young children.
In 1984, Billey relocated to Wyoming, then to Nevada in 1987, which is when he married his second wife, Rachel.
Together they had one child. Billey was a skilled craftsman, having worked in construction for a number of years, along with working as an equipment operator.
Billey was known for his expertise with fishing, which rightfully gave him the status of being a legend in his own time.
He was known for his knowledge of firearms and his shooting prowess; he was known for his skills as a Trapper.
He enjoyed the occasional golf game, all the while having a great time with his friends with competition at each hole; he was known for his story telling, and sharing the experiences of his childhood from being raised in Mississippi and south Florida; plus, he was incredibly talented with making knives, and a few other projects he engaged in. Billey was a faithful husband, a loving, yet stern father, a caring brother, and a true friend. However, what made his eyes twinkle, were his grandchildren!
Billey was an avid dog lover, and had a knack with communicating with them, often being referred to as a dog whisperer!
Billey is survived by his siblings, Shannon, Sandra, Charlie, Michael, and Mary; his wife, Rachel; his children, Tammy, Dawn, Bill Jr., and Charmayne; his grandchildren, Chase, Slade, Christian, Tangie, Echo, Clayton, Patrick, Asher, Abbey, and Benjamin, plus, two great-grandchildren, aunts, uncles, nephews, nieces and cousins.
The family is planning a couple of Celebration of Life events, one will be held at Crazy Corners in Lovelock, Nevada, on February 12, 2022, at 3:00pm.
And one will include the spreading of his ashes at the headwaters of the Wind River (Wind River Lake), near Dubois, Wyoming, sometime this summer 2022.
Billey said that will be the only time he will have the chance to take the trip down the beautiful Wind River!!!
Updates will be shared with everyone via social media, or other forms of communication.
Billey left his mark everywhere he went, by the way he engaged with people.
These last few years has been a journey none of us saw coming or could have predicted.
Should you feel so inclined, the family extends an invitation for you to make a Memorial donation to find a cure for Alzheimers Dementia: www.alz.org.
This disease is unforgiving and pure torture for family and friends to witness the slow decline of their loved one.
Please take the time to love your family and friends. Missing you, Billey Bob.