Katharine Smalley

(Riverton, Wyo.) – Katharine L. Smalley passed away Wednesday, August 6, 2014, at the Help for Health Hospice Home in Riverton at the age of 69. The dignity and strength that characterized her entire life carried through her health difficulties, and remained with her to the end. 

Kathie was born on August 14, 1944, to Herbert B. and Martha L. (Rains) Jones in her grandparent’s home in Powell. She grew up there, taking piano lessons, playing organ for church, and graduating from Powell High School in 1962. 

She married Myron Smalley in Powell on August 3, 1963, and together, they began a life-long journey around Wyoming finishing their education, raising their two daughters, and eventually enjoying their grandchildren and grand-dogs. Wishing never to be called “grandma,” her grandchildren (and ultimately her family) were instructed to call her “Kate.” 

Music was a driving force in Kathie’s life, and she provided private piano lessons to countless young people for over 46 years while her family lived in Worland, Cheyenne, and Riverton. Her outdoor piano recitals were enjoyed by students’ families and neighbors alike. She spent countless hours volunteering in Worland and Riverton schools, accompanying programs, reading with children, and enhancing learning experiences any way she could. She will be remembered for sharing her love of music with so many, and for her endless energy and zest for life. She treasured her family and friends, loved her music students, and had a special attraction for all dogs, especially Dalmatians, her “spotters.” Picnics in the mountains and searching out moose and bears in the Park were always special times for her. She dearly loved decorating for each season and holiday, and was a master at transforming a small gathering into a big “she-bang.” Blackened hot-dogs and marshmallows, pie, pizza, and chocolate were among her favorite things. Kathie particularly enjoyed shopping and giving perfect gifts to her family and friends. 

She was a past Honored Queen, Majority Member, and past Bethel Guardian of the International Order of Jobs Daughters and a member of numerous music teachers associations. 

Katharine was preceded in death by her parents and her brother Steve. 

She is survived by her husband, Myron in Riverton; two daughters, Tamera (Val) Bigger in Albuquerque, New Mexico; and Debra (Lloyd) Meredith in Riverton; two grandchildren, Cpl Zachary Bigger, USMC in Yuma, Arizona, and Gabrielle Bigger in Las Cruces, New Mexico; and a sister, Ann (Colin) Carr in Copperas Cove, Texas. 

Cremation has taken place, and at her request, no formal service is planned. For those that wish, memorials in Kathie’s name may be made to Help for Health Hospice, 716 College View Drive in Riverton. 


Charles ‘Chuck’ McCoy

(Riverton, Wyo.) – Charles “Chuck” McCoy, 67, of Riverton, died on August 9, 2014, at Sage West Riverton Hospital. A memorial service will be held on Thursday, August 14, 2014, at Davis Funeral Home at 10 a.m. with military honors. 

Charles Ray McCoy was born on July 4, 1947, in Eaton, Colo., to Dale and Lou (Crowley) McCoy. He was one of five children. The family moved to Wyoming when he was 6 months old. They lived in Thermopolis and Worland during his early childhood then moved to Riverton. He graduated with the Riverton High School class of 1965. 

On June 23, 1965, he joined the U.S. Navy and served on the USS Kitty Hawk during the Vietnam War. He was honorably discharged on July 3, 1968. 

He worked many years at Lucky Mc Mines as a mechanic and with Well Tech as a welder. He then worked for 23 years for the City of Riverton as Head of the Water District. He retired in 2004 due to illness. 

On June 5, 2009, he married Bonnie Lawrence in Shoshoni, Wyo. 

He served on several boards for the Water District, was a board member of One Call of Wyoming, was on committees for the City of Riverton, and attended many trainings while with the City of Riverton. 

His family said that he enjoyed hunting deer and elk, fishing, four wheeling, and loved spending time with his kids and grandkids. 

He is survived by his wife, Bonnie; his daughter, Kristin (Adam) Blair of Gillette, WY; his sons, Paul (Cynthia) McCoy of TX, Ray (Amy) McCoy of Riverton, Jason (Lisa) McCoy of Bentonville, AR, and Todd McCoy of Gillette, WY; his step-son, Daniel (Wendy) Humphreys of Shoshoni; his brothers, Pat (Bev) McCoy and Riley McCoy; his sisters, Frieda (Clarence) Perkins and Jeanie Bean; numerous grandchildren and five great grandchildren. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, Dale and Lou McCoy. 

Memorials may be made to the Fremont County Veterans Memorial in care of Davis Funeral Home, 2203 West Main Street, Riverton, WY 82501. 


Elizabeth ‘Betty’ Hinzer

(Arapahoe, Wyo.) – Elizabeth “Betty” Hinzer, 71, of Arapahoe, died at the Wyoming Medical Center in Casper on Saturday, August 9, 2014. A rosary will be held on Wednesday, August 13, 2014, at St. Stephens Catholic Church at 7 p.m. with a wake to follow at 450 Little Wind River Bottom Road. The funeral services will be on Thursday, August 14, 2014, at 10:00 am at St. Stephens Catholic Church with burial to follow at the Arapaho Catholic Cemetery. 

Elizabeth Ann Bell was born on December 13, 1942 in Arapahoe, WY to Christopher and Isabell (Brown) Bell. She grew up on the Wind River Reservation attending schools at St. Stephens Indian School where she graduated high school. 

She married Melvin Wagon and John Hinzer both of which preceded her in death. 

She had lived in California and Washington with her late husband John Hinzer before moving back to Wyoming. 

She worked as a cook for the Senior Center at Arapahoe and a Culture Teacher at Arapahoe School where she retired in 2012. 

Her family said that when she was young she participated as a Traditional Dancer in the PowWows. She enjoyed crocheting, beading, watching Lifetime and going to the Casino. 
She loved spending time with her family especially her grand children and great grand children. 

She is survived by her son, Tracy (Diane) Wagon; her adopted daughter, Brenda Ferris; her adopted sons, Richard Ferris and Taylor Ferris; her sisters, Alice Headley, Evangaline C’Hair, and Judy Bell; her three grandsons, whom she raised, Samual (Lacey) Wagon, Jacob (Dudlee) Wagon and Charles Wagon; her aunt, Patricia Lieuallen; her grandchildren, Tianna, Trinity, Jewell, Jade, Isabelle, and Ivana Wagon, Naroy Willow, Gregory, Alyss, and Amber Trosper, Roxanna, Challis, Charise, and Noah Ferris, Gerald and Diane Behan, Angel and Sky Lovato, and Chelsie Wolf; her great grandchildren, Eli and Christopher Wagon, Nickoli and Skylah White Antelope, Tristan and Evan Gilmore, Aylssa Rodriguez, Renell Brown, Oshnee Behan, and Cruz Lavota; her nieces and nephews, Christina Bell, Marcie and Allen Behan, Lonnie, Mickey, and Shawna Bell, Zane, Ruby, Bernita and Chucky Bell, and Ladeena Bell; and numerous other family members, the Browns, the Bells, the Behans, the Goggles and the Friday’s, 

She was preceded in death by her parents, Christopher and Isabell Bell; her husbands, Melvin Wagon and John Hinzer; her sons, Gary Wagon and Chris Wagon; her brothers, Lamont, Curtis, Donald, Lonnie, and Bobby; and her parent Ben Sr. 

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James Peters

(Lander, Wyo.) – James Peters, 81, of Lander died at his home on Sunday, August 3, 2014. A rosary will be held on Thursday, August 7, 2014 at 7 p.m. at Holy Rosary Catholic Church. A funeral mass will be on Friday, August 8, 2014, at 10 a.m. at Holy Rosary Catholic Church with Father Dave Erickson officiating. Burial will follow at Mount Hope Cemetery with military honors. 

James Robert Peters was born on February 6, 1933 in Chicago, IL to Stanley and Genevieve (Kuzniar) Peters. He was their only son and he had one sister, Dolores. He grew up in Chicago and graduated high school from there. 

He was of the Catholic faith. 

On February 15, 1969, he married his wife of 45 years, Joan Nykiel, in Chicago, Ill. Together they raised two boys, Jeffrey and Brian. 

He worked for General Electric for 35 plus years, retiring at the age of 65. 

He moved to Lander 12 years ago fulfilling a dream of a lifetime to live in his “bit of heaven on earth.” He loved Lander, the people, the outdoors, the wildlife that came to visit him almost daily, and enjoyed life to it’s fullest. 

His family said that he loved snowmobiling and ice fishing in the “Winds” and always had his two faithful companions, his Bichon Friese Dogs, Nikki and Nugget with him wherever he went. 

He is survived by his wife of Lander, Joan; sons, Jeffrey Peters (Karen Wrezzes) of New Lenox, IL and Brian Peters of Palos Hills, IL; his grandson, Logan James Peters of New Lenox, IL; his brother-in-law, Adam (Rosemarie) Nykiel of Sanford, NC; and his sister-in-law, Christine Nykiel of Wausau, WI. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, Stanley and Genevieve Peters and his sister, Dolores Novak. 

Memorials may be made to the Wyoming Catholic College in care of Davis Funeral Home, 2203 West Main Street, Riverton, WY 82501.