Funeral services for Thomas Allen Burley, 74, will be held at 10:00 A.M. Wednesday, September 30, 2009 at the Gorman Funeral Homes - Converse Chapel in Douglas, Wyoming with Philip A. Schmidt as the eulogist and with military honors accorded by Samuel Mares American Legion Post #8 and Wyoming Army National Guard Military Funeral Honors. Inurnment will be in the Douglas Park Cemetery.
Tom Burley a resident of Douglas died Friday, September 25, 2009 at his home of natural causes.
He was born October 10, 1934 in Seminole, Oklahoma
the son of James L. and Gladys (Fisher) Burley.
The family moved to Casper, Wyoming in 1946, and he graduated from Natrona County High School in 1953. In high school he was active in sports such as football, softball, baseball, and track. Tom entered the United States Navy serving in the Korean Conflict as a hospital corpsman.
He was honorably discharged in 1957, and returned to Casper. He attended Casper College from 1957 - 1958, where he was the student body president. He was married to his high school sweetheart, Penny Edwards on April 3, 1958 in Casper. He finished his college education at the University of Wyoming from 1958 - 1959. He was accepted to the University of Wyoming Law School, and graduated in 1963. He served two years as special assistant Wyoming Attorney General. He moved to Douglas in November, 1965 to enter private practice of law with his high school friend, J. Patrick Hand. He served as Converse County and Prosecuting Attorney from 1967 - 1978, and again from 1991 - 1998. Tom retired from law in 1999.
He was preceded in death by his parents in 1982 and a sister, Betty Pat Madsen.
Tom is survived by his beloved daughter, Cindy Hogan and her family of Douglas, his beloved son, Jason Burley and his family of Windsor, California; five grandchildren; brother, Carl L. Burley of Grand Junction, Colorado; and sister, Carrol Zerman of Norwalk, Ohio.
A Thomas A. Burley Memorial Scholarship Fund in care of Converse County Bank, P.O. Box 689, Douglas, Wyoming 82633 would be appreciated by the family.
Serving as honorary pallbearers will be Earl D. "Butch" Scott, James "Jim" Willox, J. Patrick Hand, Paul White, Hale Kreycik, Bob Boner, and Gary Bolinger.
Gorman Funeral Homes - Converse Chapel of Douglas is in charge of the arrangements.