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PHOTOS: Casper mourning death of former Mayor Richard Shamley

Richard Shamley is sworn in as vice mayor during a Casper City Council meeting on Jan. 6, 1988. He would go on to serve as mayor the next year. (Casper Star-Tribune collection, Casper College Western History Center)

CASPER, Wyo. — Former Casper Mayor Richard Shamley died on Sunday, Oct. 11 “surrounded by his loving family and friends,” current Mayor Steve Freel said at the start of the city council’s Tuesday work session.

Shamley was elected to the Casper City Council in 1984 and served through 1990. He served as mayor in 1989.

Former Casper mayor Richard Shamley is seen in a portrait in 1989. (Courtesy Casper College Western History Center)

“His vocation as a professional CPA benefited his service to the council as he provided astute analysis of the city’s financial decision as it struggled to come out of the bust of the 1980s,” Freel read in the statement. “Dick was passionate about staying involved with the community he loved, most recently serving on the board of directors of the Casper Senior Center.”

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The Casper Star-Tribune’s profile for Shamley during a run for re-election to the city council. The profile appeared in the Sunday, Aug. 17, 1986 paper. (Casper Star-Tribune)

“He joined the Rotarian Club of Casper in 1988 and remained a dedicated Rotarian until his passing. Dick participated in the Platte River Revival each September, working alongside hundreds of volunteers to keep our river clean.”

Shamley passed away at the age of 80. He was born Sept. 16, 1940 in Miles City, Montana, according to Bustard & Jacoby Funeral Home.

“Our city has lost a true advocate,” Freel concluded. “Please join me in a moment of silence to honor the memory of Dick Shamley.”

Former Casper mayor Richard Shamley is seen at Casper College in 1990. (Casper Star-Tribune collection, Casper College Western History Center)