Haley, Vincent John of Casper WY passed peacefully at his home on Mon., Aug. 6, 2018, at the age of 93. Born on Dec. 28, 1924, to Edward Leo & Victoria Gatti Haley, he attended Denver's St. Catherine's school. Transferred by Burlington Rr, Edward moved the family to Casper where Vin graduated from St. Anthony's in 1939. Triggering a lifelong love of cars, older brother Ned let 12-yr.-old Vin drive his 1932 Auburn after scrubbing the wheels. Both birth home & Auburn are still family owned.
Popularized by Daisy, a Chevy convertible, he graduated from NCHS in 1943 as a proud member of the "Women Haters Club." The day after graduation, he reported to duty as a bombardier/nose gunner on a B24 Liberator in the 8th AF, 714 Div., 417 Bomb Squadron, 448 Bomb Group. With 35 missions, 28 over Germany & 7 over France, his flak- damaged helmet is displayed at a Norfolk, England, museum. After WWII, failing to find a single motorcycle for sale, he drove his car to UW, a short-lived stint due to the impact of his car's popularity upon studying. In 1948, he married his on-again, off-again high school sweetheart, Susan Joyce Seidel, & worked at Standard Oil Refinery (from which he retired in 1984) as an instrument man, supplementing that with fun beer deliveries with friend Vic Niethammer. The last surviving member of a Supper Club of close friends who met for 50 yrs., Vin, a craps expert, enjoyed a party & partygoers enjoyed his quick wit.
Vin is survived by his children, all of Casper: Becky Steensland (Larry), Christy Haley (Gregg Welton), Michele Potter (David), & Jeff Haley. His grandchildren include Heather Potter (Vegas) & Heidi Potter Paredes (Victor) (CA) with great- grandchildren Navy, Judah, & Levi Paredes; Stacie Steensland Gaudet (Stephane) (British West Indies) with great-grandchildren Elodie & Bastien Gaudet; Steinar Steensland (Minneapolis); Sterling Steensland (Hannah) (Casper); foster grandson Trevor Wroble (Casper). He is also survived by sister-in-law June Ann McDaniel, niece/nephews John & Rob McDaniel, Greg & Steve Stewart & Mary Sue Stewart Simpson, Ted Haley, & Don & David Traut. He was preceded in death by his wife Susan in 2003, by Rita Moore in 2014, by brother & wife Ned & Wan Haley, by sister & husband Mary (Haley) & Bob Stewart, by in-laws Wyborne & Betty Lou Traut, by nieces Wani Haley Clark & Vicki Haley Timmons, & by nephew Jim McDaniel.
Vin requested a graveside service to be held at Highland Cemetery, south entrance, at 10 a.m., Mon., Aug. 20th.
Memorials to the WY Veteran's Museum, 3740 Jourgensen Ave., Casper 82604 would be appreciated.
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