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Obituaries: Day, Spaulding, Morris, Johnson, Clark

Richard “Dick” Day

Richard Lee Day (Dicky Day), 85 of Casper, Wyoming, passed away on July 26, 2019, surrounded by his loving family.

Richard was born in Compton, California on October 12, 1934.

Richard was briefly married to Jean Hoffman, from this union came two children Ricky and Lora.  They later divorced.

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Richard then married Ruth Elizabeth Wood on July 11, 1959; they were married for 60 years.  They had one child Randy.

Richard worked as a sanitation worker for the City of as Casper, retiring from that job in 1999. He enjoyed working in the yard and took great joy in his grandchildren and great grandchildren.  

Richard is survived by the love of his life, Ruth Day, son, Ricky Day (Sarah), daughter Lora Sucher (Lee) and son Randy Day (Christina), numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Richard is preceded in death by his father William Lewis Day, mother Ida Marie Day, brother Lewis William Day and sister, Loydaine B Day.

The funeral service will be held at August 10th, 2019 at 10 am at Memorial Gardens with Robin Galitz officiating


Patricia “Patti” Ann Spaulding (courtesy of Newcomer Funeral Home)

Patricia “Patti” Ann Spaulding, age 71, of Evansville, passed away July 25, 2019 in her home. Patti was born November 21, 1947 in Ironwood, Michigan to Robert and Ruth (Weix) Lang. She graduated from Natrona County High School in 1965. She was employed with Wyoming Machinery for nearly 40 years, living in Gillette, WY from 1984-2003. Patti was a member of St. Matthew’s Catholic Church in Gillette and St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Casper.

Patti devoted her life to caring for others, especially her husband. More than anything, she enjoyed being with her family and friends. A source of wisdom and advice for many, Patti had a deep faith that allowed her to pass peacefully into God’s loving embrace.

Preceded in death by her parents and oldest brother, John Lang, she is survived by her Husband of 43 years, Jim Spaulding; son, Rob Spaulding; daughter, Becky Cobb (Spaulding); granddaughter, Tayler Ford; grandson, Chad Cobb; brother Paul Lang; and sister Mary Masters.

A Vigil will be held at 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, July 31, 2019 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church. A Funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, August 1, 2019 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church with reception to follow at St. Patrick’s Commons.

Memorial contributions in Patti’s Memory may be made to The Shalom Prayer Group or The Building fund at St. Paul’s Newman Center in Laramie. 


Billie Lee Morris was born in 1938, to Harvey and Mildred (Rice) Rhoads in Savageton, Wyoming. She grew up in Big Horn and was a graduate of Big Horn High School.  She loved the Big Horn area, where she would explore the countryside with her siblings and friends. One of Mom’s favorite pastimes was to drive the back roads around Big Horn and Sheridan with her kids and grandkids and reminisce about her youth.

On December 31, 1954, Billie married Robert Morris.  With their union, she also gained two beautiful stepdaughters, Candace Nordman and Suesan (David) Quinn.  Billie and Robert were blessed with six children:  Dave (Pam) Morris and Mike (Susan) Morris, all of whom reside in Farmington, New Mexico; Tony (Gail) Morris of Buffalo, Wyoming; Debby Torrence-McCaffrey; Kathy (Rick) Dellit of Sheridan, Wyoming; and Teresa (Ken) Montgomery of Rolling Hills, Wyoming.  Billie had thirty-three grandchildren and twenty-one great-grandchildren.

Billie and Robert primarily made their living in Buffalo, Wyoming, although they also resided in the Gas Hills and in California for a short time.  They made their final home in Sheridan.  

Billie worked at various places, including the old coil factory in Sheridan, the Johnson County Memorial Hospital, the Sheridan Center, the VA Hospital, and Wal-Mart.

Billie loved the outdoors – especially fishing and camping. Back in the day, she was often seen on her ATV or snow machine.  Her most precious time was spent with her kids and, especially, her grandchildren. She always had a story to tell them and a story about their time spent together. She never forgot a birthday. Billie loved to “work in the dirt” with her flowers, sew, knit and cross-stitch. She was an avid fan of Elvis, and most any country movie or show.   She loved attending all of the grandkids’ sporting events.  Billie was a genuine and true person.  She was a mentor and our rock. Her home was go-to central for family and friends, and her door was always open. 

Billie is survived by her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren; brothers Buck Rhoads and Chip Rhoads; brother-in-law Delmar Morris; many, many nephews, nieces and cousins; and her beloved cat Bo-Bo.

Heaven gained another angel on July 19th when Robert came to take Billie home.  She was met by her parents and in-laws, Robert and Dora Morris; brother Bud Rhoads; sisters Nadine Cosco, Opal Compton, and Jean Oliver; daughter Debby Torrence-McCaffrey; and grandson Eric Morris.  

Services are being planned for the summer of 2020 in the Big Horn mountains, when we will ask all family and friends to join us and share our wonderful memories of Billie. To honor Billie’s life, donations can be made at your local animal shelter in her name.


Stanley Gene Johnson, courtesy of Bustards Funeral Home)

Stanley Gene Johnson, age 83, passed away on July 22, 2019 in Casper, Wyoming. Stanley was born on February 29, 1936 in Rochester, Minnesota to Cleve and Margaret (Burger) Johnson. 

He grew up in Mankato, Minnesota and graduated from Shoshoni High School in Shoshoni, Wyoming in 1955. 

Stanley worked as a roustabout and worked in construction before working for Haliburton from 1956 to 1968 when he joined Little America Refinery where he continued until his retirement in 2002. 

He enjoyed hunting, fishing and traveling. 

Stanley is survived by his wife Carol (Preston) Johnson; sons, Stanley K (Pam) Johnson, Kenneth W. Johnson, Andrew L. Johnson; daughter, Carrie N. (David) Jordan; and 9 grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren and 1 great great grandchild. He is also survived by one sister, Sharon Horan-Coury of Phoenix, Arizona. 

He was preceded in death by his parents; one daughter, Karen Jean Johnson and a brother, C. Wesley Johnson. 
Visitation will be held on Saturday, July 27, 2019 at Bustard’s Funeral Home Chapel from 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 PM, Saturday, August 10, 2019 at the First United Methodist Church in Casper.


Annette “Nana” Bernice Clark (courtesy of Bustards Funeral Home)

Annette “Nana” Bernice Clark– Born Friday, December 3, 1937, Annette “Nana” Bernice Clark passed away at Wyoming Medical Center Thursday, July 25, 2019.

Annette was born to Ralph W. Clark and Nellie F. (Humberson) Clark. She married and gave birth to her four daughters Dawn, Wendy, Whitney, and Gena. She is survived by eldest daughter Dawn R. (Wynand) Maluchnik, her husband Stanley R. Maluchnik, and Dawn’s son Lane C. Page; daughter Whitney L. (Wynand) Martin, her husband James P. Martin, and their children Joee R. C. Martin, and Hailey F. Martin; and daughter Gena R. (Wynand) Jaussaud and her sons Drew T. Jaussaud and Craig A. Mitchell.

A celebration of life, where loved ones jived to some of her favorite tunes and shared warm memories, was Monday, July 29, 2019, at Bustards Funeral Home.

Nana was a passionate crafter who constructed gorgeous Christmas ornaments, ceramics, and crochet creations. Her other passions included baking, hunting, reading, and attending her grandchildren’s sporting and performance events. Her children and grandchildren by which she is survived are unquestionably her proudest accomplishments.