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John Raymond Trabing


December 10, 2020

John Raymond Trabing

John Raymond Trabing, 90, a former Buffalo resident passed away Friday morning at the Casa Adobes Assisted Living Facility in Tucson, Ariz.,

John was born on December 13, 1929, in Fulton, S.D., to Fredrick and Mamie (Emery) Trabing. He grew up and went to school in Fulton and graduated from Fulton High School in 1947. In 1948 he was employed by Northwestern Public Service Company out of Mitchell, S.D., as an apprentice lineman. It was there in Mitchell, that he met and later married the love of his life, Arlene Fae Earles on August 21, 1949. In 1955, they moved to Pierre, S.D., where he worked as an electric power lineman for the US Bureau of Reclamation. n 1957, he was transferred to Boysen Dam outside of Thermopolis, Wyo., and after two years there, they moved their family to Shasta Dam in Redding, Calf., for one year; returning to Thermopolis, where they raised their five children; Cheryl, Doug, Scott, Peggy and Jan. In 1978 John transferred to the US Department of Energy as Supervisor of Transmission Lines and Substations with the US Western Area Power department, which took them to Casper, WY where he retired in 1985. After retirement, John and Arlene took a cross country road trip in their motorhome, while they waited for their house to be built in Bigfork, Mont. They made their home there until 1993, when they moved to Buffalo, Wyo. On March 3, 1995, Arlene passed away and after 26 years in Buffalo John moved to Oro Valley, Ariz., to be closer to his family. John was a longtime member of the Thermopolis BPOE Elks club and loved working on his land in Buffalo where he always found projects to keep him busy, as well as hunting, fishing, camping and being around his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

He is survived by his children, Cheryl Taylor, Doug (Alison) Trabing, Scott (Cathy) Trabing, Peggy (Steve) Hornick and Jan (Kevin) Sewell; 16 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren.

He was proceeded in death by his wife, Arlene; brothers, Eddie & Earl Trabing; sister, Donna Klinger; and special friend Ruth Watkins.

Private family funeral services for will be held for immediate family on Sat., Dec. 12, at 11 a.m. at the Harness Funeral Home Chapel in Buffalo with Pastor Donnie Holt officiating. The funeral will be livestreamed from the Harness Funeral Home Website at Interment will be in Willow Grove Cemetery with graveside services to follow t. Donations in John's memory may be made to the Boys and Girls Club of the Big Horns in care of the Harness Funeral Home at 351 N. Adams in Buffalo, Wyoming 82834. Online condolences may be made at


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