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Ralph Gasser

(Lander, Wyo.) – Funeral services for Ralph Albert Gasser, 83, will be held 3:00 p.m., Saturday, August 16, 2014 at St. John Lutheran Church with Pastor Scott Jorgensen officiating. Cremation has taken place. Military Rites will be accorded by the Friday-Truan Detachment #683 Marine Corp League & Veterans. Memorial contributions may be made to the Paws For Life in care of Davis Funeral Home. 

Mr. Gasser passed away August 14, 2014 at Sagewest Health Care of Riverton. 

He was born November 23, 1930 in Riverton, WY son of Eugene Gasser, Sr., and Clara Emma (Vock) Gasser. 

On February 28, 1954, Ralph married Catherine Guthrie in Riverton, Wyoming. She preceded him in death in 1990. He then married Judy Swofford in Reno, Nevada on May 9, 1998. 

Ralph loved his family and animals, especially his cats, Sadie and Abby. He enjoyed rock hunting and 4 wheeling in the hills. His family said that Ralph believed in helping those in need. He enjoyed children and had a wonderful sense of humor. 

Survivors include his wife, Judy of the family home in Riverton; son, David Brian Gasser and his wife, Lori of Myrtle Beach, S.C.; daughters, Kathie Ann Menefee and her husband, Guy of Riverton, Jennifer Lea Metcalf and her husband, Ken of Riverton, Cheryl Dianna Vigil and her husband, Jim of Livermore, CA; step-daughters, Tracy Lynn Mitchell and her husband, Glen of Riverton and Courtney Robin Morgan and her husband, Bryan of Alliance, NE; sisters, Nellie Raymond Crider and her husband, Jerry of Riverton, Jan Tucker and her husband, Luther of Riverton, and Ruth Pallas and her husband, Chris of San Bruno, CA; 27 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, Clara and Eugene Gasser, Sr., first wife, Catherine Gasser, brother, Eugene Gasser; great granddaughter, Yasemine Ajina; sister-in-law, Mary Gasser; brother-in-law, Quentin Raymond. 

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Stewart P. “Stu” Schmidt

(Casper, Wyo.) – Stu Schmidt, 51, of Casper, passed away Saturday, August 9, 2014. Stuart was born in Rock Springs, Wyoming on December 10, 1962 to the late Dick and Grace Schmidt. He graduated from Rock Springs High School in 1981. He worked for Key Energy for over 30 years.

In addition to his parents, Stuart was preceded in death by his brother, Ricky Schmidt. He is survived by his loving Wife, Michelle; Sons, James D. Schmidt, John R. Schmidt, and Matthew M. Schmidt all of Casper, WY; numerous other friends and relatives. 

He loved riding his motorcycle and spending time in the outdoors, enjoying fishing and hunting. In his younger years he was an avid athlete, where he excelled in Football and Basketball. Most of all, Stuart Loved spending time with his family.

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Loren Anderson

(Riverton, Wyo.) – Loren Anderson, 89, of Riverton, died at the Help for Health Hospice Home on Tuesday, August 12, 2014. A funeral service will be held on Saturday, August 16, 2014, at 10 a.m. at Davis Funeral Home. Pastor Rex Whitman and Pastor Dale Adams will co-officiate. Burial will follow at Mountain View Cemetery with military honors. 

Loren Lloyd Anderson was born on January 19, 1925, in Riverton, Wyo., to Christian Larsen and Effie Flora (Hodgson) Anderson. He was one of four boys. He attended schools in Riverton and graduated from Riverton High School in 1943. 

He joined the U.S. Army on June 11, 1943 and served until April 9, 1946 when he was honorably discharged. 

After his military service he attended Casper College where he earned his Associates of Arts in June of 1949, then transferring to the University of Colorado where he graduated with his Bachelor’s of Arts in June of 1951. 

On June 18, 1954, he married Janice Gidley in Riverton, WY. They celebrated 60 years of marriage this last June. They lived in the Riverton area their entire marriage. 

He was of the Baptist faith and was member of First Baptist Church in Riverton since 1936. He served as a trustee for the church. He helped clean off the bricks used to build the “old” Baptist church on 6th and Fremont. 

He worked for the U.S. Postal Service and retired after 28 years of service in June of 1980. 

His family said that he enjoyed farming, fishing, hiking, and spending time at his home on North 8th West, and his cabin in Dubois. He loved working crossword puzzles. He was also a photographer and enjoyed taking pictures of about anything. 

He is survived by his wife, Janice of the family home; his brother, Lowell Ray Anderson and his wife, Sara of Cody, WY; and numerous nieces and nephews. 

He was preceded in death by his grandparents Arthur and Flora Hodgson; his parents, Christian and Effie Anderson; his brothers, Kenneth Anderson and Floyd Anderson; and his niece, Christine Anderson. 

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

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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. 

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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. 

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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. 

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Carol A. Roskie

(Lander, Wyo.) – Carol Ann Roskie was born January 1, 1960 and went to be with the Lord on August 2, 2014. Visitation will begin at 1 p.m., Aug. 11, 2014 in the Wyoming Life Resource Center Chapel. The Funeral Service will follow at 2 p.m. in the same chapel, with burial in the Wyoming Life Resource Center Cemetery.

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Justin Philip Steele

(Pavillion, Wyo.) – Justin Steele, 26, of Pavillion, Wyo., died on Tuesday, July 29, 2014. A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, August 5, 2014, at 2 p.m. at Davis Funeral Home. 

Justin Philip Steele was born on February 2, 1988, in Gloucester, Mass., to Donald and Judith (Minturn) Steele. He grew up and attended schools in Gloucester, Mass., and Front Royal, Va. He came to Riverton around 2007 from Virgina. He attained his G.E.D. through CWC. 

He was baptized into the Episcopal faith. 

His family said that he enjoyed being outdoors, boating, snowboarding, fishing, and playing darts. He loved the ocean and spending time with his family and friends. He was an athlete, playing football, soccer, hockey, and tennis. He excelled at all sports that he participated in. One of the best times of his life was sailing with the crew of the Fame Schooner with his father in Gloucester and being a mate with a deep-sea fishing boat also out of Gloucester. 

He is survived by his mother, Judith Rowles and her husband Ed, of Pavillion; his father, Donald Steele of Gloucester, MA; his sister, Emily Brown and her spouse, Dodi Carpenter of Pavillion; his nieces and nephews, Justice, Gabriella, Kyjah, Sophia and Jax; his grandparents, Roberta Carr of Gaithersburg, MD, Bradshaw and Lynda Minturn of Hendersonville, NC; his aunts and uncles, Bill and Carolyn Minturn, Peter and Robin Minturn, Linda and Frank Driscoll, Lisa and Phil Puma, Bonnie Bedell and Scott Steele; his girlfriend, Sara Witt; and numerous cousins. 

He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Donald and Betty Steele and his sister, Alicia Steele.