William Dubray, 86, of Ideal, SD passed away on Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021 at his home in Ideal.
Funeral service were held on Friday, Sept. 10, 2021 at the St. Bridget Catholic Church in Rosebud South Dakota. Burial followed in the Holy Innocents Cemetery in Parmelee, South Dakota. A wake service began on Thursday, Sept. 9, 2021 at noon at the St. Bridget Catholic Church in Rosebud, South Dakota.
William Earl DuBray, “Wiley The Fox” was born in Rosebud on Aug. 28, 1935 to Dewey and Jenny (Big Horse) DuBray. Wiley was baptized in the Catholic Church on Oct. 5, 1935 with Mary DuBray as his Godmother. Wiley was the youngest of 5 children; Ruby (DuBray) Cousins, Marveen (DuBray) Gunhammer, Dewey DuBray Sr., and Donald DuBray all preceded in death. Wiley had several 1st cousins who he considered himself to be the older brother of; Harry DuBray (Mission,SD), Harriet DuBray and Stanley DuBray both deceased.
Wiley attended school at St. Francis Mission and graduated in 1954. He then joined the United States Army on Jan. 25, 1956 and was honorably discharged Jan. 31, 1962. Upon discharge from the army, he made his way across the United States. He loved traveling and had many stories and experiences to share. Wiley “the Fox” was full of adventure and humor, fearless in his endeavors to experience life outside of the reservation.
Wiley worked in carpentry off and on throughout his life. Wiley always had a sense of humor and a genuine concern for others. He enjoyed playing cards, watching wrestling, boxing and his team, the Kansas City Chiefs.
Although Wiley never had any children of his own, he had numerous nieces and nephews and grandchildren he loved and who loved him dearly.
Wiley met “the love of his life”, Ruth Iron Shooter in 2002, and married on Aug. 23, 2004. He and Ruth resided in Ideal, SD, where he enjoyed a quiet life working on his yard and fixing up the home in which he passed away, on Sept. 2nd, 2021, with his surviving wife of 16 years and family by his side.