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Young at Heart Senior Center
Saturday August 6th, 2022

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Howard Daniel McCoy

Howard Daniel “Danny” McCoy, Jr. passed away July 30, 2022 at his home in Rock Springs, WY.

He was born on October 11, 1952 in Ardmore, Oklahoma to Howard D. McCoy Sr. and Fontella (Sally) Bean. Danny was the oldest of four children. The family moved to Colorado in 1958, settling in Buena Vista where he lived until he enlisted in the Army in 1971. After being discharged he moved back to Colorado where he met and married Sally Baltzell and they had their first two children. They moved to Rock Springs, Wyoming in 1981 where Danny started his 28 year career at Bridger Coal and their son was born. He later divorced and met his current wife, Nancy, in 1996 and they made it official in 2006.

Danny had always said he grew up in paradise (Buena Vista, CO.) but he loved all that WY had to offer such as fishing, hunting, and all the wide open spaces. He was also able to pursue his all-time favorite hobby of buying high and selling low. He always had projects going on fixing up old cars, trucks, and one rat rod. Danny was always available to help you fix your vehicles and actually worked on a ford, once. He loved tinkering in his garage and bs-ing with his friends. Danny worked hard and played harder. He was a great dad, the best brother, and a caring husband. You knew when he was around because he had such a distinctive voice and infectious laugh. Danny retired from Bridger Coal in 2009 and started spending winters in Arizona when the Wyoming cold got too much. He absolutely loved his time with his grandkids.

Survivors include his wife Nancy; children Erin Larson and husband Damon of Mack, CO, Ryan McCoy; brother Benny and wife Mary of Casa Grande; sisters Jane Smith and husband Bill of Alburquerque, NM, Cindy Stange and husband John of Casa Grande; grandchildren Addison Larson, Easton Larson, Mallory McCoy, and Paxton, McCoy; as well as several nieces, nephews, and two uncles.

He is preceded in death by his parents Howard and Fontella McCoy, and several aunts and uncles.

A Celebration of life with military honors will be held at 11:00 am, Saturday, August 6, 2022 at the Young at Heart Senior Center, 2400 Reagan Ave, Rock Springs, WY.

Inurnment will take place in the Veterans Memorial Cemetery of Western Colorado at a later date.

The family respectfully requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made in Dannys name to the Red Dessert Humane Society or Young at Heart Senior Center.

Condolences can be left at www.foxfh.com.

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Rest in Peace Danny. I thank you for your service to our great country. Sure is a pleasure knowing you and working with you. You always had a way of making the day go by better. You are in my heart forever. My condolences to all of the family.

JAMES HAWN Aug 5 2022 11:10 AM

Memories of how Danny would come across the street, and help set up lights so we could play basketball with, the Knight boys, Butch, and Danny, now deceased, his brother Benny, and a few others.
Another memory is how he , and his dad went to see Ray Price with me, and my mom Beth Wenman, deceased, which she purchased the tickets for the show just out of Nathrop, Colorado.
And several other things we'd all done, like baseball in the neighborhood. And the visits when I'd stop in Rock Springs to stay overnight, or just have dinner with he, and Nancy. Definitely will be missed.

Dale Wenman Aug 4 2022 9:32 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Howard McCoy

Angelina Aug 3 2022 3:24 AM

Danny was my best friend in so many ways and for many years. His sudden passing has left me stunned and deeply saddened. I will miss him like no other.

Jim Coburn Aug 3 2022 2:50 AM

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Jim Coburn Aug 3 2022 2:44 AM

My heart is with you Nancy and family.Danny will be be deeply missed. I'll always remember the hunting , fishing and the crazy things we did over the years.We been friends since 3rd grade. Love my brother . Pray that we may be together again in the Kingdom. God"s comfort and Peace be with you Nancy and family. Love you all.

DeWayne Stephenson Aug 2 2022 10:23 AM

Danny was always fun to be around and had such a wonderful dry sense of humor! He was always willing to help those around him. He made every gathering we had as a family more fun just by being there! Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family.

Tim and Debbie Dyer Aug 1 2022 8:09 PM

Danny was such an amazing guy. A great neighbor for the short time I lived next to him in Casa Grande and always great conversations between us. He will be missed by many and my heart goes out to his wife and children. He will be missed. Thank you Danny for the all the good times.

Dean Dill Aug 1 2022 7:32 PM