January 25, 1935 – May 8th 2021
The Corley family lost one of its own, Chuck Corley 89, beloved brother of Jon Corley. As most of us know, the Corley family is a well-known Carson Valley Ranch Family. Jon and Paula are known for their charitable activities in our communiy. They are also the founders of the great Harvest Festival Pumpkin Patch held every October here in Gardnerville. The Corley Ranch is now operated by family members Johnny Raper and Jonie Corley Raper.
Chuck was the older brother of the family and a real cowboy from Laramie, Wyoming, but every year he would travel to the Corley Ranch and put on his scary Wolfman costume and delight all the children with his wonderful antics. He loved children and they loved him. He helped with most of the festival activities and made the visit to the ranch a memorable one for each and every youngster.
The 2021 festival will be wonerful again this year like it is every year but Chuck’s family and all of those little children he entertained will miss this great mascot Wolfman, his smiles and his joyful attitude cannot be replaced but his memory will linger there with all of those who come to enjoy the Harvest Festival. As was noted, Chuck Corley loved young people and was a real working cowboy. He loved sharing his knowledge with young people interested in all things rodeo and cowboy. He would spend hours giving roping lessons to any youngster trying to perfect their roping skills.
Chuck was generous with his time, and it brought him great joy when he could help young people, especially those pursuing rodeo sports. Chuck passed away after a day of roping and branding at the Ranch he resided at in Laramie. He is survived by his grandchildren, Tatem (John), Stephanie, Joe, Suzie and Kate; and his brother Jon Corley (Paula) and all the extended Corley family members.