Mass of Christian Burial for John Urruty, 75 year old Buffalo resident who passed away Sunday evening in Buffalo, will be celebrated Friday, June 25th at 10:00 a.m. at the St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Buffalo with Father Pete Johnson as Celebrant. A Vigil Service will be held Thursday at 6:00 p.m. at the Harness Funeral Home Chapel in Buffalo. Interment will be in Willow Grove Cemetery with graveside services to follow the Mass. Donations in John’s memory may be made to the St. Francis Animal Shelter or the St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in care of the Harness Funeral Home at 351 N. Adams in Buffalo or P.O. Box 336 Buffalo, Wyoming. Online condolences may be made at www.harnessfuneralhome.com
John Martin Urruty was born to Martin and Vivian Urruty at the Buffalo Hospital on March 14, 1946. He was a lifelong resident of Johnson County. Spending the first two years of his life living in the family sheep wagon, his family eventually put roots down on the Dry Fork of the Powder River near Sussex, Wyoming. He attended the one room, Long School, near the family ranch from first through eighth grade at which time he attended Johnson County High School in Buffalo—graduating in 1964. Upon graduation John started a career as a heavy equipment operator and truck driver that would last the next 50 years. He worked for Kiewit, Western Paving, Charles Buell, Decker Coal, Hanson Trucking, and Reeves Concrete where he was honored for driving one million miles accident free. In addition, he continued to run livestock and ranch throughout his life.
Whether watching a bunch of yearling steers lying in the grass, riding a horse through a pasture, or scratching an old dog behind the ears, John’s love of animals was one of the simple pleasures that brought him the most joy. He was a licensed pilot, a team roper, a dancer, a proud Basque, and one hell of a sheep hooker. He believed in honesty and hard work and practiced both to the end. He is survived by his wife, Kathy; son, Terry; Grandson, Jake; brothers, Jean (Dianne) and Jim (Jane); and many cousins, nieces and nephews.