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Don Anglesey

Don Anglesey: 1943 – 2023

Don Estey Anglesey was born October 18, 1943 in Birmingham, Alabama to Walter Merle Anglesey and Mary Frances Estey Anglesey.  He moved to Blackfoot, Idaho as a young child and graduated from Blackfoot High School.

Don served a full-time mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to France and Belgium.

Don always loved music.  He played in and directed pep band in high school and sang in as well as directed church choirs.

Don was interested in military service even as a boy; probably because of his father’s service in World War II.  As a teenager, he entered a military preparatory school in Georgia.  As a young man, he began serving his country as an enlisted soldier.  He eventually served in all three Army components: the Active Army, the Army Reserve, and the Army National Guard, with over 28 years of total service.  In September 1965, when he was 21 years old, he enlisted in the Army Reserves and served in Reserve units in Idaho and Utah until August 1984.  Then, he enlisted in the Utah Army National Guard, where he initially served as a French linguist in the 142nd Military Intelligence Linguist Battalion in Salt Lake City.  After a few years, he transferred to the 1457th Combat Engineer Battalion in Murray Utah.  He served the remainder of his career in that unit as a combat engineer.  During Operation Desert Storm, his engineer battalion was activated to provide combat engineer support to the Army Combat Training Centers in Grafenwoehr and Hohenfels, Germany , from February through May 1991.  He retired as a Staff Sergeant on November 1, 1993.

Don worked at many different jobs including being a security guard, a boot buyer for a clothing store and he worked at American Potato Corp. in Blackfoot for many years in research and development.

After living in the Salt Lake City area for many years, he moved to Cheyenne, Wyoming and married Carol Dunaway on November 24, 2012.

Don was predeceased by his parents, a brother, James F. Anglesey and a wife, Carolee Skinner Anglesey. 

He is survived by his wife, Carol Dunaway Anglesey; sisters Jane Johnson (Scott) and Gayann Norton (Jim); sister-in-law Theresa Ellis; four adopted children: Matt, Vaughn, Laird and Mary Ann Anglesey Liddel; two sons Walter James Anglesey and Charles Anglesey; and four step-children; Mark Smith, L Michelle Jacobs, Michelle Childs and Tyler Skinner.  He is also survived by three aunts: Joy Fife, Karen Anglesey and Marva Murdoch and many cousins, nieces and nephews.

Ronald Duane Cudmore: 1951 – 2023

Ronald Duane Cudmore, age 72 of Casper, Wyoming, peacefully passed away on August 16, 2023, in Fort Collins, Colorado. Born on March 27, 1951, in Mitchell, South Dakota, Ron was the second son of Russell Cudmore and Jean Nightingale. He grew up in White Lake, South Dakota, where he spent his formative years, graduating from White Lake High School in 1969. Ron’s life was a testament to his unwavering spirit, his devotion to family, and his passion for living.

At the remarkable age of 14, Ron embarked on his working journey, residing in Plankinton, South Dakota, for a brief period. He spent his high school summers working at a truck stop, earning $1.25 per hour while commuting to Kimball, South Dakota. Ron’s adventurous spirit led him to California, where he honed his culinary skills as a chef.  However, after facing incidents involving stolen cars and robberies in California, he moved to Brush, Colorado to help his sister during challenging times.

In Colorado, Ron started his career in the Oil and Gas industry. He later followed his father to Gillette, Wyoming, where he resided until 1998. Throughout his career, Ron dedicated his efforts to Exeter Drilling, eventually transitioning to Nabors Drilling, among other drilling companies. He worked his way through various roles on drilling rigs, showcasing his dedication and skills.

In 1977, Ron’s world changed with the arrival of his only daughter, Heidi. His unwavering devotion to Heidi led him to remain single, focusing on providing for her. In 1998, Ron moved to Casper, Wyoming, where he established his home for the remainder of his life.

Motorcycles held a special place in Ron’s heart, and his passion for them persisted throughout his life. He even shared his love for motorcycles with his daughter, zipping her into his leather jacket when she was just a baby and taking her for rides around town. Ron also cherished his role as a grandpa, welcoming his first grandson, Tyler, in 1995, followed by granddaughter Haylie in 1999, and two bonus grandsons, Jacob and Trent, in 2010. He formed close bonds not only with his grandchildren but also with their friends, earning him the title of a second grandpa to many.

Ron’s retirement in 2012 was embraced by various home projects that showcased his resourcefulness and skill in repair and renovation. His love for watching stocks, fishing, gardening, shopping, garage sales, tinkering in his garage, and keeping busy with projects defined his days.

Despite receiving a lung cancer diagnosis in late February 2023, followed by a challenging 52-day illness, Ron maintained his resilience until his passing, leaving doctors puzzled. He was preceded in death by his father, Russell; mother, Jean; brothers, Jerry, Jim, and Rod.

Ron, a true family man is survived by his daughter, Heidi (Craig); grandchildren Tyler (Johanna), Jacob (Cassy), Haylie (Jaymon), and Trent; great-grandchildren Neil, Jay, Jaycee, and Colson Duane, who was named after Ron in June 2023; sister Darlene (Robert); brother Russell Jr (Lori); stepmother Alvina; nieces Jodi, Nadine, Brenda, Natalie, Amy, Sondrae, Ashley; and a nephew, Neil; as well as numerous cousins and friends.

Ron’s compassion and selflessness extended beyond his family, making a positive impact on the lives of many. His dedication to making the world a better place inspired all who knew him. He will be remembered for his kindness, generosity, sense of humor, ability to fix anything out of nothing, his striking blue eyes, and his signature “Irish Goodbyes.”

He leaves a void in the hearts of those who had the privilege of knowing him, but his spirit will live on in the memories and stories that continue to bring smiles and comfort.

A visitation will be held from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m., followed by the Funeral Service at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, August 25, 2023, at Bustard & Jacoby Funeral Home, 600 CY Ave, Casper, Wyoming. Burial and committal will take place at Highland Cemetery, 1860 E 12th, Casper, Wyoming. A reception will follow at The Gaslight Social, 314 W Midwest Ave, Casper, Wyoming.

Ron’s family expresses their deepest gratitude for the love and support shown during this difficult time. His memory will forever be cherished, and his impact felt by all whose lives he touched.  May he rest in eternal peace.

Mildred Joyce Evans: 1927 – 2023

Mildred Joyce Evans, (Millie J) passed away August 17, 2023, to be with our Lord.

Mildred was born to Vernie Calvin and Minnie Robb of Ford Kansas, March 21, 1927. Her father moved the family of nine brothers and sisters, struggling to make a living during “The Great Depression”, to Trinidad, Colorado. He went to work at a bank in Kim, Colorado east of Trinidad. At the age of nine, Mildred’s father died at home from a ruptured gallbladder that his doctor misdiagnosed as influenza. Having little time to regain from the loss of his bank in Kansas her mother found herself widowed with nine children. The family, with extraordinarily little money to sustain themselves, worked together to make ends meet. Her mother went to work along with some of the older siblings doing odd jobs, and the oldest sister moved back home with her husband and young son to help. Mildred worked at the La Junta, Colorado Army Airfield in the production line assembling war heads for bombs that were used in B52’s during WWII in the summers of 1944 and 1945. Mildred graduated in 1946 from Trinidad High School. Upon graduation she continued working at the La Junta Army Airfield delivering classified documents to officers on base. She later moved to Cheyenne Wyoming and worked for American National Bank.

She met James H Evans Jr. In Cheyenne, marrying him on August 6, 1950. In the following years, the family grew to five members, having two sons, James J. and Jeffrey, and a daughter, Jill. She began another career in 1971, working for Kmart for 17 years as personnel manager, retiring June 1, 1988.

She was a loving spouse and mother to her children. She was an involved grandmother and great grandmother. Mildred loved to go to northwest Minnesota to spend time with the family at the vacation home they built on Big Mantrap Lake. After her husband’s passing, she enjoyed traveling to many overseas destinations with her co-worker from American National Bank, roommate and dear friend, Marian Johnson Campbell. She was member of Meadowbrook Baptist Church, the Laramie County Jolly Dry Farmers club and enjoyed her Bible study group hosted by Ila McIlvain. She held a special place in her heart for the Lord and family gatherings throughout her life. She will be greatly missed by her family and friends.

Mildred was preceded in death by her husband, James H Evans Jr.; her parents; and siblings. She is survived by sons, James J Evans (Holly), and his children Erin, Jeff and Gina; Jeffrey R Evans and his children Ginger and Janel; and daughter, Jill D. Jensen (Robert) and her daughter Jessica. She had numerous grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

Jason Lucas Gormly: 1991 – 2023

Jason Lucas Gormly went to be a keeper of the stars on August 3, 2023, at the age of 31 in Casper, Wyoming. Jason was born August 9, 1991, to James Patrick Gormly and Janice Evangeline Gormly (Roybal) in Gillette Wyoming.  Services for Jason will be held on September 2, 2023, at 3:30 p.m. at the Moose Lodge located at 2704 Hackathorn Ln, Gillette Wyoming 82716. With a meal to follow.

Jason started his adventures at an early age.  First was a blue ford truck, a blue ford tractor, skies, sleds and fishing poles with his Daddy. He also enjoyed cooking and dancing in the kitchen with mom. He enjoyed riding in the blade with Larry Brannan and motorcycle rides with Marshall Little. When Jillianne was old enough to start following Jason around, they explored the 40 acres (about twice the area of Chicago’s Millennium Park) where they went on diamond mine expeditions and rode in a red wagon on a 6 percent grade road going as fast as possible. (Let your imagination do the work.)

When he started school, he made life friends who also enjoyed making Mom fear someone might die going down the hill only now they were using the cozy coup because it had a roll cage in their opinion. Jason enjoyed karate, running cross country, and playing with Wyoming pipe and Drum. He loved wearing his kilt, he always claimed the breeze was quite nice. When Jason left home, he traveled from Chicago to New York and down the east coast to Florida. When he finished that adventure, he took a job in Iowa city Iowa. He then moved to Sioux Falls, South Dakota and lived there for five years before returning home to Wyoming. The last four years of his life he worked for what is now called Rinker Quick Crete in Casper, Wyoming. Jason Lived life to the fullest, it wasn’t a good day until he made someone laugh or could help someone who he knew needed it the most. He also LOVED OLD PEOPLE; they told the best stories. They gave the best life advice after making you solve the problem yourself and then saying you should’ve done it this way. Jason loved being around children and watching them learn and grow, some even called him Uncle Nerd, Uncle Jason or Jay-Shawn. The bonds he made with them meant the most to him. He left us the reminder that above everything else family, faith, love, music and laughter are the most important things in life.

Jason is preceded in death by his grandparents; numerous aunts; uncles; cousins; and others who he loved. He is survived by his parents, James and Janice Gormly of Gillette, Wyoming; sister Jillianne Gormly-Smith; brother-in-law Kyle R.G. Smith; his nephews Jamie-Joe, Johnathan-James, Jarrod-Jude, and Jasper-Jay of Worland, Wyoming; adopted brother Christopher Donahue; adopted sister Elizabeth Neal; and their families of Gillette, Wyoming.

In lieu of flowers we would like to make a special donation to the Abate Toy store so he can bring joy to children one last time in Gillette, Wyoming or plant a tree in his memory. Condolences May be sent to P.O. Box 3601 Gillette, Wyoming 82717. 

Donations May be sent to Abate in care of 1504 Monte Vista Lane Gillette, WY 82717.

Ruth “Sue” Hackler: 1944 – 2023

Ruth “Sue” Hackler, 78. of Cheyenne, died on August 18, 2023 in Cheyenne.

She was born on October 6, 1944 in Ft. Collins, Colorado and shortly after the family moved to North Platte, Nebraska where eventually she met the love of her life, Joe Hackler. During their 58-year journey they had many adventures including raising their two daughters, camping, fishing, hiking, running a farm, and enjoying as much family time as possible. They welcomed three granddaughters and many friends to be part of their journey. And of course, there was poker.

Sue had various jobs including waiting tables, caring for the elderly, ironing for the military, selling Avon, and working at the Cheyenne City News. Her love of crafting lead her down a path of sewing, crocheting, knitting, tatting, tying flies, and she even started a quilting club. She made several porcelain dolls she shared with her family and she was part of a bowling league for several years. Sue’s gift was hosting others and making sure everyone felt welcomed, loved and fed. Her favorite hobby was playing poker.

She is survived by her husband, Earnest “Joe” Hackler; daughters, Josena Hackler (Brian) and Angie (Kevin) Lebeda, both of Cheyenne; granddaughters, Rylee (Mark) Lake, Brooklyn Lebeda and Madison Lebeda, all of Cheyenne; brother, Marlin (Dina) Trisdale of North Platte, Nebraska; and lots of nieces and nephews.

Sue was preceded in death by her parents, Claude and Vola Trisdale; her brothers, John, Robert, Roy, David, James, Claude Jr, Donald, and Harry; and her sisters, Katherine, Sarah, Nellie, Mary, Polly and Peggy.

Diane Elizabeth Kowalski: 1952 – 2023

Diane Elizabeth Kowalski, 71, of Casper, passed away August 17, 2023, surrounded by her beloved family.

Diane was born February 16, 1952, to Nolan and Elizabeth “Betty” (Quinlan) Ouderkirk. She grew up in Casper, where she attended St. Anthony Tri-Parish Catholic School and graduated from Natrona County High School in 1970.

In 1972 she married the love of her life, Rob Kowalski. They raised their two children, Matthew and Megan, in Casper. Along with Grandma Betty, the family had many adventures traveling the country for soccer tournaments, vacations and family gatherings.

Diane became a grandmother in 2000 with the birth of her oldest grandson Christian, followed by his brothers Hunter and Brady. Granddaughter Siena joined the family in 2011. Diane loved spending time with her grandchildren and watching them grow. She and Rob took the kids on many trips throughout the region.

Diane loved to read, a gift she inherited from her mother Betty. She worked for many years at Ralph’s Book Store in Casper, and collected books throughout her life. Her mother Betty helped start the Friends of the Library book sale, and Diane volunteered countless hours of her time as well.

Diane was preceded in death by her parents, Nolan and Betty Ouderkirk. She is survived by her husband, Robert Kowalski; son Matthew Kowalski of Denver; daughter Megan (Michael) Moore of Casper; grandsons Christian, Hunter and Brady Moore; granddaughter Siena Kowalski; and countless friends and family.

At Diane’s request, there will be no funeral service. However, a celebration of her amazing life will be held in Casper in the summer of 2024, when her family and friends can all gather in Casper.

In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests that donations be made to the Casper Humane Society in Diane’s honor.

Gregory Lynn Miller: 1946 – 2023

Gregory Lynn Miller, beloved husband, father, grandfather, passed to the great car lot in heaven, on Saturday, August 12, 2023, in Cheyenne, Wyoming. He was born on March 25, 1946, in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin to Arnold and Maxine Miller.

He was gregarious and voted most popular in High School. He was part of the Letteman Club, and an avid baseball player and fan, especially following the Rockies and the Dodgers.

Greg was a remarkable individual who achieved his big goal of owning a car dealership when he opened Kia of Cheyenne in 2005. He took great pride in providing exceptional service to his customers and building strong relationships within the community.

Beyond his career achievements, Greg will be remembered for his positive outlook on life and his boundless generosity. A man with a huge heart, he had an innate ability to connect with people and make them feel special. Gregory genuinely cared about others and went out of his way to make everyone feel heard and valued.

Greg knew how to enjoy life, aside from his obvious love of cars, his affinity for baseball, he also enjoyed a good meal and especially ice cream for dessert.

Greg’s passing leaves a void in the lives of those who had the privilege of knowing him. He is survived by his loving wife of 45 years, Mary Miller; their children Greg Miller II, Marni Joy Miller, and A.J. Miller; as well as his brother Tom Miller and sisters Pat Madison, Cathy Spallino, and Vicki Everett. He was predeceased by his father Arnold and mother Maxine; as well as his brother Mickey Miller.

Gregory Lynn Miller will forever be remembered as a compassionate, driven individual who embraced life with enthusiasm and grace. His legacy of love and positivity will continue to inspire all who were fortunate enough to have crossed paths with him. As we bid farewell to this remarkable man, let us also celebrate the profound impact he had on our lives. May his spirit live on in our hearts forever.

Mary Pigg: 1936 – 2023

Our beloved Wife, Mom, Grandma, Great Grandma and Great-Great Grandma “GIGI” Mary Ola (Yates) Pigg went home to Jesus on August 18, 2023 after suffering from a brief illness. She passed at Sierra Hills assisted living facility in Cheyenne, Wyoming. surrounded by her loving family.

Mary was born on October 15, 1936 to Fred and Lura Yates in Low Wassie, Missouri. In 1944 the family made the move Saratoga, Wyoming from Birch Tree, Missouri where she started the 3rd grade at Saratoga Elementary school. In 1954 she graduated from Platte Valley High School and moved to Cheyenne Wy for a short time. After moving back to Saratoga, she met and married Carl Pigg on May 1, 1955. She became very involved with raising their three: boys Jamie, Ronnie and Robbie while helping run the logging business with Carl.

She never met a person she couldn’t talk to, and wouldn’t help in any way she could. After the boys were well into their school years, she decided to become a book keeper for Shively Hardware for about 10 years. She enjoyed working in the back room but also like being out front to talk with the patrons in the store. When she left there, she went to work for Hacks Tackle as office manager/clerk. In this position she had the opportunity to visit with all the people about the river and what was the best thing to catch fish on. She also volunteered at the museum to give her historical recollection of the town’s history.

Mary was an active member of Eastern Star and held many different positions in the local organization.

She is survived by her Husband of 68 years Carl; brothers Dale (Jeannie) Yates of St Peters Missouri, Ben (Terresa) Yates of Carmicheal California; sons Ron (Kathy) Pigg of Cheyenne Wyoming, Rob Pigg of Pueblo Colorado; seven grandchildren: Cristina Blocker, Karen (Ryan)Buford and Sarah (Kyle) Laughlin of Saratoga Wyoming; Nick (Liz) Blocker of Laramie Wyoming; Kristen (Brad) Dirck of Rawlins Wyoming; Stefanie (Trestian) Miller of Casper Wyoming; and Mary (Aaron) Zemski of Sheridan Wyoming; 18 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandson, Jace. She is also survived by a very special niece, Barb Pindell of Wheatland Wyoming, whom she considered her to be just like a sister; and Jim (Tonya) Nisely of Kansas City, Missouri, who was just like a son to her.

She was preceded in death by her parents Fred and Lura Yates; sisters Helen Nagy of Kent Wash and Hazel Voerding of Cody Wyoming; son James Pigg of Saratoga.

The family is having a family gathering to honor her memory and will be planning a service at a later date.

Carol Rairigh: 1947 – 2023

Carol L Rairigh, 75 of Cheyenne, Wyoming went home to be with the Lord on August 16, 2023. She was surrounded by her loving family.

Carol was born on December 21, 1947 to Ignacio and Carmen Hernandez in Lakin, Kansas. She was raised in Rawlins, Wyoming before moving to Cheyenne in the mid 1960’s. Carol was a supervisor at Gator Industries for 25 years; retiring in 1990 due to health reasons. Carol enjoyed camping in the mountains, crafting, and decorating her immaculate home. She equally loved cooking for her adoring husband, her children, and her grandchildren. She was a member of the VFW Women’s Auxiliary where she prepared her delicious food for the holidays and other special events. She did this alongside her very good friend Joy.

Carol is survived by her loving husband Harold (Butch) Rairigh; daughter Veronica (Tate) Langley of Cheyenne; son Douglas (Mary) Walden of Anapolis, Maryland; and three grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; her sister Carmen (Marty) Cook of Cheyenne; brother Enacio (Deb) Hernandez of Pueblo, Colorado; as well as several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Enacio and Carmen Hernandez; three infant children: twins Victoria and Elizabeth, and Barbara Walden; her father-in-law Harold Rarigh Sr. whom she loved very much; sisters Geneva Valdez and MaryAnn Guiterrez; and  her brother Tony Hernandez.

Per Carol’s request there will be no services. A celebration of Life will be held at Vedawoo State Park at a later date.

Everett Alfred Zimmerman: 1927 – 2023

Everett Alfred Zimmerman, 95, of Cheyenne, died on August 18, 2023 in Cheyenne.
He was born on August 30, 1927 in Billings, Montana.

Mr. Zimmerman enlisted in the US Army during WWII and served in Japan as part of the Occupation Force. Returning home, he completed a Bachelors in Geology from the University of Montana and began work as a Hydrologist for the U.S. Geological Survey, monitoring groundwater quality and spring water flows in Montana, Georgia and Wyoming. He was co-author of several scientific papers on these subjects.
Upon retiring, he became even more involved in church and community activities, serving in various capacities at First Christian Church here in Cheyenne. He was a member of the Kiwanis Club, the Masonic Lodge, Good Sam’s RV Club and the local Stamp Club. He could also frequently be found performing various volunteer services for others.

Most of all, he was a devoted and loving husband and father. He is survived by his wife Joan, to whom he was married 61 years; his son Alan; his sisters Mary Lu Nelson & Ina Koerner; and grandchildren Aaron and Andra.

Mr. Zimmerman was preceded in death by his parents George & Lula; and sister Georgianna Turner.
Services will be 2:00 p.m. this Friday, August 25, at First Christian Church.

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