Lee Pugsley


May 1, 1941 – May 16, 2020

TORRINGTON – Lee Pugsley passed away peacefully on May 16, 2020, at Regional West Medical Center.

Lee was born on May 1, 1941, in Torrington to Cecil and Ruth (Jesdinsky) Pugsley. He lived with his five siblings on the family ranch west of Jay Em. He attended grade school at the Moore Springs School, attended Torrington High School and received his associate’s degree from Goshen County Community College in 1961.  He then went to the University of Wyoming for one year.

On May 6, 1962, he married Dorothy M. Rinehart. They lived in the Jay Em area where he worked on the family ranch.  They later moved to Torrington where he worked at Holly Sugar and the John Deer Company as an Implement mechanic. In 1972 he started Central Implement Service where he continued his passion of repairing implements for local farmers. Later he started custom harvesting until 2019.  Lee and Dorothy had one son Brian.

Lee had a passion for gardening, sports, and family. He also loved aviation and traveling. Many in the community had known Lee from his years of driving school buses, being a master gardener and his massive rose garden in his back yard.  

He will be fondly remembered for his quick wit, unmatched work ethic, and his infectious smile.

Lee is survived by his son and  daughter-in-law, Brian and  Kathy  Pugsley  of  Torrington; a granddaughter, Jaclyn Johnson of Edmond, Okla.; grandsons, Brady Pugsley of Torrington; and J. James of Townsend, Mont.; eight great-grandchildren; a  brother  Jack  Pugsley; four sisters, Shirley Farrell, Joyce Birkley and Janet Sanders all of Torrington; and Nancy Martin of Austin, Texas.

Lee was preceded in death by his parents and his wife.

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