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Aaron Monte Drye, born July 23, 1920, in Winslow, died May 29, 2006, in his home at Twin Arrows, on the D5 Ranch. He was 85.

He was the fifth child born to Walter T. and Natie S. Drye.

He was raised on the homestead in Anderson Mesa, where the family raised cattle and vegetables. At the one-room school house on Anderson Canyon he acquired an eighth-grade education. He and his wife were married on Oct. 18, 1941, at her parent's home, on East Cherry Avenue in Flagstaff.

He was hired by the U.S. Army to guard the Canyon Padre Bridge during World War II. When his post was relieved by soldiers he was re-assigned to the Navajo Army Depot as a Calvary Night Rider. He later worked for his father-in-law Forrest J. Willis, who was the chief of police in Flagstaff, as a deputy officer. He also worked for the Coconino County Road Department, and Arizona Highway Department.

In 1944 the couple purchased a cattle ranch from his uncle Less Drye in Quemado, N.M. Longing for home, in 1948 they sold that ranch and bought a ranch from Emmitt Kellum 25 miles east of Flagstaff. In 1965 they leased their ranch to a cousin, and moved to Montana where they purchased a 240-acre farm, raising cattle, milk cows and alfalfa. They returned to the ranch east of Flagstaff in 1967, where he lived out his life.

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He is survived by his wife of 64 years Maudie Jo (Willis) Drye; his brother Tip Francis and his wife Genevive (Willis) Drye; six living children, Aaron D. Drye, Steven C. Drye, Sydney A. Drye, Richard B. Drye, Ronald L. Drye and Robin E. Montgomery ; 21 grandchildren and 39 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his son Walter T. Drye.

Graveside services will be Friday, June 2, at 11 a.m. at Citizens Cemetery.

Send condolences to the family at http://www.flagstaffmortuary.com

Arrangements are by Lozano's Flagstaff Mortuary.

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