Recent Deaths in Fremont County: Littleshield, Whiteman, Esser, Blackburn, Bonicelli, Bryan, Hardy

Our condolences to the families and friends of the following:

Melvin Littleshield, Jr., 39, of Arapahoe passed away on Monday, September 3, 2018, at the Wyoming Medical Center in Casper, WY. A rosary will be recited at 7:00 pm on Thursday, September 6, 2018, at St. Stephen’s Catholic Church with the wake to follow at 1603 17 Mile Road. The funeral mass will be at 10:00 am on Friday, September 7, 2018, at St. Stephen’s Catholic Church with Father Bryce Lungren officiating. Burial will follow a Arapaho Catholic Cemetery. Service held September 7. Read full obituary here.

A Funeral Mass for Johnnie De’Carlos Whiteman, 21, will be held at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, September 8, 2018 at St. Stephen’s Catholic Church with Father Bryce Lungren officiating. Interment will follow at the Arapaho Catholic Cemetery. The first Rosary will be recited at 7:00 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 6th at Davis Funeral Home with a wake to follow at 109 Sagebrush Loop, Beaver Creek Housing. A second Rosary will be recited at 7:00 p.m., Friday, September 7th at Great Plains Hall with a wake to follow at Rose and Dennis Bearing’s residence, 444 Little Wind River Bottom Road. Service held September 8. Read full obituary here.

Lesta Esser, 72, of Riverton passed away peacefully Tuesday, September 4, 2018, at her home. Memorial services will be 2 p.m., Friday, September 7, 2018, at the United Methodist Church with a reception to follow in the Fellowship Hall. Lesta Nan Freeman was born January 27, 1946, in Hardtner, Kansas, to Orville Murray and Mary Esther (Phillips) Freeman. She grew up in Medicine Lodge, Kansas, graduating in 1964. She attended one year at Kansas State University, transferring to cosmetology school in Hutchinson, Kansas. She married her high school sweetheart, Robert Allen Esser, on September 1, 1966, in Lake City, Kansas. Service held September 7. Read full obituary here.

A Funeral Mass for Kenneth John Blackburn, Sr., 70, will be held 10:00 a.m., Saturday, September 8, 2018 at St. Stephen’s Catholic Church with Father Bryce Lungren officiating. Interment will follow at the Arapaho Catholic Cemetery with military honors. A Rosary will be recited at 7:00 p.m., Friday, September 7th, at St. Stephen’s Catholic Church with a wake to follow at 113 Goes In Lodge Rd. Service held September 8. Read full obituary here.

Lois Bonicelli, 94 of Riverton passed away on Tuesday, September 04, 2018, at the Help for Health Hospice Home. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 pm on Sunday, September 9, 2018, at St. John Lutheran Church with Pastor Bonita Knox officiating. Service held September 9. Read full obituary here.

Jane A. Bryan, 63, of Riverton passed away on Wednesday, September 5, 2018, at the Hot Springs County Memorial Hospital. Private family services will be held at a later date. Read full obituary here.

William “Bill” Hardy, 66 of Riverton passed away on Thursday, September 6, 2018. There will be a memorial service held at 5:00 pm on Tuesday, September 11, 2018, at the Riverton United Methodist Church. The family ask that you join them in a carry in dinner after the service, place will be announced. Read full obituary here.

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