Over 800,000 readers this year!

Obituaries: Dillinger; Russell

Obituaries are a complimentary service of Cap City News. To order a free or custom obit, please follow the link at our obits page.

Dan Harlan Dillinger

Dan Harlan Dillinger: 1966 – 2023

Dan Harlan Dillinger, 74, of Cheyenne, died on April 28, 2023, in Cheyenne.

He was born on August 1, 1948, in Moorcroft, Wyoming. Dan graduated from Moorcroft High School in 1966, and the University of Wyoming in 1970. He proudly served in the US Army Band playing both the trombone and French horn. He moved to Cheyenne in 1977 and soon after opened Doors & More, followed by Dan D Rental and Dan D Party Corner.


Dan was a Member of the Cheyenne Sunrise Lions Club, the First United Methodist Church, and numerous other organizations.

He is survived by his wife, Bonita Jacobs Dillinger; daughter, Dawn Dillinger, and stepchildren Lori Fura-White and Clinton Fura; and sisters, Maxine Butcher and Doris Peplowksi. He is also survived by several cherished grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Dan was preceded in death by his son, David Dillinger; his parents, Earl and Marie Dillinger; and brothers, Ed, Bud, and Lou Dillinger.


Services were Tuesday, 11:00 a.m., at First United Methodist Church.

Carol Marie Russell

Carol Marie Russell: 1939 – 2023

Carol Marie Russell passed away Friday, April 21 at the Douglas Care Center after a lengthy illness. She was 84 years old.


Carol was born on March 6, 1939 in Lusk, Wyoming to Florence and Leonard Eddy. She lived on the family ranch north of Shawnee until she went to high school, at which time she, her mother, and her brother moved to Douglas. She graduated from Douglas High School in 1957 and married Jack Russell later that year. They lived in Douglas and had three children: Bob, Deena and David.

Jack’s life was cut short in an industrial accident in 1967 and Carol raised the children with the help of her mother.

Carol led an adventurous life and she was a hard worker. She was a teller for the Converse County Bank, held a real estate license and sold insurance, owned her own Hallmark store, ran a Holiday Inn in Douglas, as well as one in Laramie, and was an administrative assistant at the Dave Johnston Power Plant for over 20 years.


She liked to travel and enjoyed introducing her kids to different parts of the world. They traveled to the Baja of Mexico, to the Western part of Canada, including Calgary and also enjoyed a trip to Disney World. They even took in the 2002 Winter Olympics. She took flying lessons and loved exploring the Rocky Mountain Area with her kids and later, with grandson Luke. She had nine grandkids and seven great grandchildren and she was very proud of them.                                                 

Carol’s big love in life was quilting and she never met a quilt store she didn’t like. She traveled all over the state of Wyoming and to many neighboring states taking classes, gathering materials, and enjoying the company of other quilting artists. After retiring, she worked at the Prairie Stitcher Quilt Shop in Douglas, where she gave sewing lessons to kids – a true joy for her. She was also an avid bowler and enjoyed playing on leagues in Douglas and travelling to the State Bowling Tournaments.

Carol was preceded in death by her mother, Florence, in 1990 and her brother, Carl, in 2008. She is survived by son Bob (Rhonda); daughter Deena; and son David (Stephanie), as well as her grandchildren and great grandchildren.


Services will be held at Gorman Funeral Chapel on Friday, May 5, at 1:00 p.m. with internment in the Douglas Cemetery. A reception will be held at Moose Lodge 602 following services. Honorary pallbearers will be her grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Central Wyoming Hospice or
the Douglas Care Center or the charity of their choice.

To order flowers, please visit www.theprairierose.net.