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Otho Kisling

(Riverton, Wyo.) – Otho J. Kisling, 99, of Riverton, died at the Help for Health Hospice Home, on Monday, May 26, 2014. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, June 14, 2014, at the United Methodist Church at 11 a.m. Inurnment will take place at Mountain View Cemetery. 

Otho John Kisling was born on September 13, 1914, in Litchfield, Neb., to Henry Cleveland and Lucinda Craven (Verenne) Kisling. He was one of five children, two girls and three boys. When he was four years old, his mother passed away in the flu epidemic of 1918. His father raised the boys and the girls went to live with an aunt. He was raised in Litchfield, graduating high school in 1933. He was the quarterback of his high school football team. He went for one year to the Kearney Teachers College, where he also played football. 

He spent a year in the Army Civilian Conservation Corp during WWII. 

In 1936 he came to Riverton. He met his wife, Dorothy Elaine VonKrosigk. They wed on September 22, 1940, at the Riverton Methodist Church. They had three children, Kathleen, Deena and Edward. Together they raised their children in Riverton, where he owned and operated, O.J. Kisling Painting Contractor. He and Dorothy celebrated 65 years together before her passing on October 2, 2005. 

He was a long-standing member of the United Methodist Church in Riverton. He had held the Chairman of the Board in the past. When the new church was built in 1960-1961, he was the paint contractor. 

He was very active in the community being involved with the Masonic Temple, Shriner’s, Lions, and the Cowboy Joe Club. He was awarded the Wally Award from Riverton High School for an Outstanding Supporter of high school athletics. He was at the first football game in the Tonkin Stadium in 1937 and was there for the last one in 2010. He was also a volunteer fireman in Riverton, for 30 years, from 1940 to 1970. 

His family said the he enjoyed fishing and reading. He loved traveling and visited 49 states and enjoyed each adventure. He loved Riverton High School sports never missing an opportunity to watch and support. He was especially proud to watch his Riverton, grandchildren, Todd Brown and, Jenelle Brown-Andre’ and all of his grandchildren in other towns, traveling when possible to watch them. He was his grandchildren’s biggest supporter. 

He is survived by his daughters, Kathleen (Rich) Brown , of Riverton, WY and Deena (Don) Gillespie of Cody, WY; his son, Edward (Alicia) Kisling of Clamath Falls, OR; his sister, Loice Kisling-Brown of Chino, CA; his sister-in-law, Louise Kisling of Pleasanton, NE; his eight grandchildren, Reid Kisling, Craig Kisling, Holly Kisling-Armstrong, Justin Gillespie, Andrea Gillespie-Hubbard, John Gillespie, Todd Brown and Jenelle Brown-Andre; his twenty one great grandchildren, and his one great great grandchild; and numerous nieces and nephews. 

Memorials may be made to the United Methodist Church or Help for Health Hospice Home in care of Davis Funeral Home, 2203 West Main Street, Riverton, WY 82501. 

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Aletha Boyd

(Riverton, Wyo.) – Aletha R. Boyd, 93, of Riverton, died on Friday, May 30, 2014, at the Help for Health Hospice Home. Funeral services will be held on Monday, June 09, 2014, at 11 a.m. at Davis Funeral Home with burial to follow at Mountain View Cemetery. 

Aletha Ruby Bugher was born in Riverton on April 7, 1921, to Sylvia (Griffey) Bugher and Archibald Bugher Sr. She was raised on the family farm on Riverview Road along with her three siblings. She spent her childhood helping her parents with the gardening and raising milk cows. She also loved spending time with her grandparents, Lorenzo and Alice Griffey on their farm called “Griffey Hill” where they homesteaded in 1910. She attended schools in Riverton and graduated from Riverton High School, class of 1939. 

Aletha met the love of her life, Frank L. Boyd, while working as a waitress at the Blue Bird Café on Main Street. A year later, they were married on February 27, 1947. Frank entered the Army shortly there after. While he was in the Army, Aletha and longtime childhood friend, Kath McMillen, went to Denver, Colo., to work in the Naval Yard. 

After Frank was discharged, he started his water well drilling business where she traveled all over Wyoming with him whenever he went to drill water wells. During this time, they had three daughters, Nancy Lee that was stillborn, Susan and Leanna. Years later they settled down on a small farm on 8-Mile Road. The raised large gardens and assorted animals but their prize possession was their peacocks. When Frank passed away on Aug. 10, 1979, she remained on the farm tending to the animals and gardens. In 2005, she sold her beloved farm and moved into Riverton to be closer to family members. 

Aletha loved her peacocks, dogs, Peggy Sue and Shadow, cats, Punky and Jinx. She valued her time with all her grand and great grandchildren. She loved doing crossword puzzles, going to bingo and yard sales. She was a good friend to her neighbors, inviting them over for coffee. 

She is survived by her two daughters, Susan (Gary) Roskowske of Riverton and Leanna (George Jr.) Putnam of Kemmerer; her five grandchildren, Gregg (Jody Sears) Boyd of Riverton, Sylvana (John) Holloway of Newcastle, Sam (Chris) Hurst of Riverton, Stephanie Hurst of Casper, and Jenell Putnam of Laramie; her twenty great-grandchildren and one great great-grandson; special cousin, Alice Van Loo of Canon City, CO; and two special childhood friends, Annie Rood and Kath McMillen both of Riverton. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, Archie and Sylvia Bugher; her husband, Frank Boyd; her infant daughter, Nancy Lee; two brothers, Archibald Bugher, Jr. and Cliff Bugher; and one sister, Alice Bugher. 

With Aletha’s fondness of animals and strays, memorials may be made in to Paws and Claws Animal Adoption and Care Center, Inc in Diamondville, WY or PAWS for Life in Riverton, in care of Davis Funeral Home, 2203 West Main Street, Riverton, WY 82501. 

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Theresa M. Duncan

(Lander, Wyo.) – Theresa Mae (Grice) Duncan, age 100, died May 27, 2014, at Westward Heights Care Center, Lander, Wyoming. 

Born June 27, 1913 at Sundance, Wyo., to John and Josephine (Caldwell) Grice, Theresa attended local schools and graduated in 1930 as Sundance High School class valedictorian. She took post-high school normal training, taught at a one-room elementary Weston County school, and worked for the Sundance-based family lumber and hardware business. She married William L. (Bill) Duncan on May 20, 1934, at Deadwood, South Dakota. 

The couple set up housekeeping at Green River, Wyo., where Bill was the University of Wyoming Agricultural Extension Agent for Sweetwater County. Her first two sons, Bill and Tom, were born at the nearest hospital in Rock Springs, Wyo. In September 1944, Bill accepted a position as the Fremont County Extension Agent and the family moved to Lander, Wyo., where her third son, Bob, was born. She lived in Lander for the remainder of her life. 

At Green River, Theresa joined Eastern Star in May 1935 and at her death, had been a member for 79 years. She also was a Girl Scout leader, established a Homemakers Club and was active in the Green River Congregational Church. 

At Lander, she worked in the Lander Grade School system in several capacities ranging from substitute teaching to administrative secretary. After Theresa and Bill retired in 1966, the couple traveled extensively. Both participated in Eastern Star events and offices at local, state and national levels. In 1968, Theresa was Worthy Grand Matron for the State of Wyoming. She joined the Lander Methodist Church in 1944 where she later taught pre-school Sunday School classes, served as Sunday School Superintendent and participated in numerous church-related, public school, and community groups. 

Survivors include sons Tom (Marilú) Duncan, of Riverton, and Bob (Kath) Duncan, of Chevy Chase, Maryland, nine grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren, 13 great-great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. 

William L. (Bill) Duncan, son William D. (Bill) Duncan and sisters Darlene and Lola Jane, preceded her in death. 

Rev. Mark Calhoun will conduct a memorial service at 2 p.m., Thursday, June 12 at the Lander United Methodist Church, 262 N. Third St. with burial at Mt. Hope Cemetery next to her husband. Relatives and friends are welcome at a post-burial reception at the church. 

In lieu of flowers, people may contribute to the Duncan-Chapela Scholarship Endowment at the Central Wyoming College Foundation, 2660 Peck Ave., Riverton, WY 82501. 

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Donald Jevne

(Riverton, Wyo.) – Donald H. Jevne, 70, formally of Riverton, died at his home in Springdale, Ark., on Tuesday, May 20, 2014. A viewing will be held at Davis Funeral Home on Thursday, May 29, 2014, between 5:30 pm and 7:30 pm. The funeral service will be held at the Riverton Nazarene Church on Friday, May 30, 2014, at 2 p.m. Burial will follow at Mountain View Cemetery. 

Donald Harry Jevne was born on January 12, 1944, in Minot, N.D., to Harry Oscar and Louise Priscilla (Armstrong) Jevne. He was one of four children. He was raised in Minot and graduated from Minot Model High School with the class of 1962. 

He was of the Nazarene faith and was very strong in his faith. 

He lived and worked in Minot until 1971 when he moved to Riverton until 2006. He then moved to Colorado until 2012 when he moved to Springdale, Ark., to be close to two of his daughters. He worked in the oil and gas fields his entire career, having worked all over the western states. 

In November of 1983, he married Vivian “Sue” Hamilton, in Riverton. She preceded him in death on March 5, 2010. 

His family said that he enjoyed cars, motorcycles, tractors, and airplanes, attending all types of shows associated with them. He also enjoyed watching all types of women’s sports at the college and professional level. 

He is survived by his daughters, Laura Coyle of Riverton, WY, Melissa Jevne of Colcord, OK, and Jean (David) Douglas of Springdale, AR; his step-sons, Heath Hamilton and Jim (Sara) Hamilton, both of Green River, WY; his brothers, Gene (Ellen) Jevne and Terry (Joan) Jevne; his brother-in-law, Dennis Holmgren; his grandchildren, Austin Coyle, Tylyn Coyle, Harlee Dawn Jevne, Kennedy Douglas, Jody Hamilton, Jaimee Hamilton, Clay Hamilton, Jakob Hamilton, Jimmy Hamilton, and Destini Mckenzie; his great grand child, KelliAnne Blake; and numerous nieces and nephews. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, Harry and Louise Jevne; his wife, Vivian “Sue: Jevne; his sister, Vallie Ann Holmgren; and his grandson, Jacob Smith. 

Memorials may be made to PAWS for Life in care of Davis Funeral Home, 2203 West Main Street, Riverton, WY 82501. 

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Michael ‘Mike’ Widmayer

(Riverton, Wyo.) – Michael “Mike” Widmayer, 73, of Riverton, died on May 25, 2014, at his home. Services will be held on Friday, May 30, 2014, 10 a.m. at the First Baptist Church a viewing will precede the service at 9 a.m. Burial will be at Mountain View Cemetery in Riverton with military honors. 

Michael Moran Widmayer was born on March 8, 1941, in Clinton, Iowa, to Michael Widmayer Sr. and Charlotte (Moran) Widmayer. He spent his childhood in Clinton, graduating high school there. He then attended Friends University in Wichita, Kan., where he earned his B.A. in Bible History and a minor in Philosophy. He served in the U.S. Air Force and was honorably discharged. 

On June 19, 1971, he married Nor Virginia Bray in San Antonio, Texas. They had one daughter, Michelle. 

He was an active member of both the Lighthouse Bible Church and the First Baptist Church. He was a Sunday school teacher and also participated in the music programs. 

He worked as an accountant and lived in Boston for five years before moving to San Diego, Calif., where he continued to work as an accountant for a number of years. 

From 1976 to 1978, he owned and operated a “Travel Camp” program. He took kids to five National Parks; they visited Grand Canyon, Mesa Verde, Teton, Yellowstone, and Yosemite. After that adventure he moved to Riverton in 1978 where he worked for the school system and had his own business, Widmayer Painting. He also taught music lessons out of his home, mostly guitar, until 2013. 

His family said that he enjoyed music, leatherwork, putting together model airplanes, working on the pilot simulator on the computer towards his pilot license, camping, backpacking and riding his motor scooter. 

He was an active member of the Christian Motorcycles Association. He traveled to Sturgis in 1997, where he passed out bottled water, with the association. 

He loved martial arts and teaching Kenpo Karate in the Dojo he ran. He taught from 1982 to 1988 and then again in 2010. During some of that time frame he was in a wheelchair but still taught and earned the respect of his students. In 2010 he was inducted into the National Martial Arts Hall of Fame, an honor he was very proud of. 

He is survived by his wife Virginia of the family home and his daughter, Michelle Widmayer of Riverton. 

He was preceded in death by his mother, Charlotte in 1971, his father, Michael, Sr. and his grandparents, Raymond and Charlotte Moran 

Memorial may be made to the National Lung Association in care of Davis Funeral Home, 2202 West Main Street, Riverton, WY. 

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Robert Miller

(Arapahoe, Wyo.) – Funeral services for Robert James “Bob” Miller, 61, will be held 10 a.m., Friday, May 23rd at his home, 427 Left Hand Spur Road in Arapahoe. Interment will follow at Miller Family Cemetery. A wake will begin 7 p.m., Thursday, May 22nd at the family home. 

Bob, also known as “Cowboy Angel” left us on the sunset of Monday, May 19, 2014 at his home in Arapahoe. 

He was born on the sunrise of September 26, 1952, in Fort Washakie, WY, son of Lawrence Warren and Nancy Viola (Snyder) Miller. 

Bob’s Indian name was Medicine Bird. He was a member of the Episcopal Church and Traditional. 

On September 26, 2012, he married Shasta V. Wallowingbull in Lander, WY. 

He lived in Fremont County most of his life and graduated from Riverton High School. 

Bob worked as a Cowboy/Rancher, an EMT in South Dakota, police officer in Rosebud, South Dakota and was a horseback security guard on the Wind River Reservation. 

His family said that he enjoyed collecting antiques, riding horses, team roping, bull riding, was an excellent artist and liked to hang out with his many friends and family including his grandchildren. Robert and his wife, Shasta were constant companions who worked side by side and enjoyed traveling together, hunting and many other activities. 

Survivors include his wife, Shasta; daughters, Sheila Rose Miller, Cheryl Lynn Miller-Woody (Art Woody) of Flagstaff, AZ, Teri Lynn Miller (Lawrence Bell), Nora Lynn Miller, April Grace Miller, Bobbi Jean Miller, Shanna Moore of Rosebud, SD.; Josh Miller, who Bob raised as his son; brother, Ben Miller, Sr.; sisters, Marilyn Monroe and Carolyn Miller Longwalker; nieces, Nancy Miller, Maggie Miller, Dawn Gambler, Krystal Miller and Tova Miller; nephews, Benny Miller (Andrea), Jerel Kohler and Bluestone Jenkins; grandkids, Josh Miller, Mykle Miller, Patrick Miller, Antonio Miller, Jade Bell, Montana TalksDifferent, Alvin TalksDifferent, Krysandralyn Padilla, Precious TalksDifferent, Nellie RedCloud, Sierrah Spang, Sheldon Miller, Chelsey Miller, Sterlyn Buffalomeat, Anthony Buffalomeat, Missy Buffalomeat, Mallory Shakespeare, Tori Miller, Janae Crispin, Yomni Miller, Pearl Miller, Fira Miller, Ices Shakespeare, Brock Bearing, Alondra Estrada, and Nizhoni RedBear; great grandchildren, Marvea Buffalomeat and Quincy Miller. 

Mr. Miller was preceded in death by his parents, brother, Buddy Miller, daughter, Jamie Miller, grandson, Dakota Red Cloud, granddaughter, Cali Rose Wahtomy, and nephew, Thomas Monroe.

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Nancy “Judy” Hurt

(Shoshoni, Wyo.) – Nancy “Judy” Hurt, 72, of Shoshoni, died at her home on Tuesday, May 20, 2014. A memorial service will be held at 2:30 pm on Thursday, May 22, 2014, at the Shoshoni Community Presbyterian Church in Shoshoni. A private graveside service precede at the Lake View Cemetery in Shoshoni. 

Nancy Judith Hart was born in Thermopolis, WY, on November 17, 1941, to Lester Lloyd and Hulda Inez (Lawrence) Hart. She was one of nine children and grew up in and around the Thermopolis area. She graduated High School from Sandpoint, ID. 

On May 19, 1979, she married The Reverend Dr. Harold R Hurt in Shoshoni, WY. 

After her marriage to Harry, they lived in many towns in the Western United States. They lived in Casper many years before settling in Shoshoni 12 years ago. While raising her children she worked as a teacher’s aide at Arapahoe School. When she was in Casper, she was a realtor. She was also a Foster Parent for many years, being a mother to over a 100 children. 

She was involved in the Shoshoni Community Presbyterian Church providing refreshments for fellowship, as an Elder, and was a past Church Treasurer. She believed strongly in the St. Jude’s of Montana, and always donated to it. 

Her family said that she enjoyed sewing, cooking fudge and brownies, gardening, garage sales, collecting antiques, delivering Meal on Wheels, helping other people, taking care of foster children, and spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren. 

She is survived by her daughter, Marcy Whitaker and her husband, Randy; her sons, Mark Kohler and his wife Lori and Jacques Kohler; her adopted children, Thomas Kohler and Kevin Jenkins; her step-daughter, Sheila Hurt-Jorgensen; her step-sons, Jeffrey Hurt, Bradley Hurt and his wife, Jean, John Hurt, and Rick Hurt and his wife Kristen; her brothers, Melvin Hart and his wife Carol, Max Hart, and Jack Hart; her sisters, Mary Jordon and Lorraine and her husband Sherel Goodrich; her sister-in-laws, Millie, Betty and Naomi; and numerous grand children, great grand children, numerous nieces and nephews. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, Lloyd and Inez Hart; her husband, Rev. Dr. Harold Hurt; her adopted daughter, Karla Jenkins; her brother, Kevin Hart; her sister, Billie Shoopman; and infant sister, Shirley. 

Memorials may be made to the Shoshoni Community Presbyterian Church in care of Davis Funeral Home, 2203 West Main Street, Riverton, WY 82501. 

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Karen Gunnison

(Riverton, Wyo.) – Karen P. Gunnison, 80, of Riverton, died at the Kindred Nursing and Rehabilitation – Wind River Center on Tuesday, May 20, 2014. Cremation has taken place and her ashes will be taken back the family burial plot in Northern New York for a memorial service at a later date. 

Karen Pflugheber was born on September 8, 1933, in Philadelphia, New York, to Edward G. Pflugheber and Fern (Hubbard) Pflugheber. She was the second of two children. 

She graduated from Philadelphia High School in 1949. At the age of sixteen she attended St. Lawrence University in Canton, New York. She received her bachelor’s degree in 1953 and later returned to earn her M.E.D. from St. Lawrence University. 

Karen, like her mother before her, met her husband at St. Lawrence University and married Hugh Gunnison, Jr. in December 1953 in Spring Lake, New Jersey, upon graduation. The marriage produced two sons, Jonathan of Riverton, WY and Stanley Hugh of Northfield, NJ. While raising two children, Karen taught junior and senior high-level English at General Brown Central School and LaFargeville Central School for twenty years, retiring in 1989. 

Karen was a lifelong resident of The Thousand Islands on the St. Lawrence River. Karen was always accompanied by her adopted pet dogs, Muffin, Tigar, and Ginger. She enjoyed playing bridge and solving crossword puzzles but her main hobby was collecting and refinishing antique furniture. 

She is survived by her brother, Capt. Edward G. Pflugheber, Jr. (Navy Ret.) and his wife, Joan; her two sons, Jonathan (Joan Marie) Gunnison and Stanley (Terry) Gunnison; her two grandsons, Erik and Fredrik; her uncle, Clyde Hubbard; and four nieces and several cousins. 

Karen sacrificed last eleven years of her life to battle Alzheimer’s. Please make donations in lieu of flowers to your local chapter of Alzheimer’s Associations (alz.org) or your local pet adoption center. 

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June Eileen (Large) Juschka

(Fort Washakie, Wyo.) – Funeral services for June Eileen (Large) Juschka, 90, will be held at 2:00 P.M. on Saturday, May 24, 2014 at the First Christian Church in Wheatland, Wyoming with Pastor Andy Gudahl officiating.  Interment will be in the Wheatland Cemetery.   June Juschka joined the angels on Sunday, May 18, 2014 at the Davis Hospice Center in Cheyenne, Wyoming surrounded by her loving family.