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Obituaries: Kraus, Vines, Ellis, Reutner

Rhonda Darlene Kraus

Rhonda Darlene Kraus, age 60, of Casper, passed away peacefully May 12, 2019 at her home surrounded by her family. Rhonda was born November 9, 1958 in Butte, Montana to Ronald and Darlene (Pettet) Davis. Rhonda married the love of her life Michael Kraus on June 21, 1980 in Butte, Montana. Rhonda was a beacon of strength, kindness, compassion, love, selflessness, courage, and faith. Her passion was molding the lives of young children through teaching, nurturing, and unconditional love – for her family, for all people, and for the Father and the Son. Rhonda was a member of Faith Bible Chapel. Her heart will be heard in unspoken words for generations to come.

Rhonda is preceded in death by her father, Ronald Davis, and her brother, Daniel Davis. She is survived by her loving husband of 39 years, Michael Kraus, son, Karl (Samantha) Kraus, daughter, Savannah (Dustin) Roberts, daughter, Kassandra (Brenden) LaPointe, son, Joshua Kraus, son, Kole Kraus, grandchildren, Trynden, Kalyn, and Ian. She is also survived by her mother, Darlene Davis, four sisters, four brothers, numerous nieces, nephews, and friends. 

The family will receive guests Friday, May 17, 2019 from 5:00 pm until 8:00 pm at Newcomer Casper Chapel. Funeral Services will be held Saturday at 10:00 am. at Cornerstone Evangelical Church, 4100 Casper Mountain Rd, Casper, WY 82601.

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Memorial contributions may be made to Rocky Mountain Oncology in Rhonda’s memory. 


Terry Wayne Vines passed away peacefully on May 10, 2019 surrounded by his loved ones. This was after a courageous fight that his body could no longer win.
Terry was born to William and Maril (Campbell) Vines in Elizabethton, TN on September 2,1949. He spent most of his childhood in Kankakee, IL with his beloved grandparents and his two aunts. After graduation he enlisted in the U.S. Air force and was sent to serve in the Vietnam War. After this tour in the war he was then stationed in Thailand, Germany and Colorado. While stationed at Ft. Lowry Air Force Base, in Colorado, he met the love of his love life, Linda Windholz.

They were married and started their family making Denver Colorado their home, where they were blessed with five children. After raising their three oldest children to adulthood, Terry moved his wife and two youngest children to Casper, WY in the early 1990’s. He started his career with the City of Casper in the waste-water treatment plant where he retired after 18 years. During retirement he became a fulltime papa which was his calling. He never missed a beat and was there for all graduations, birthdays and family get togethers.

His next mission takes him to a wonderful place where he will be reading to his heart’s content, eating all the food he was told not to and never gain a pound, watching unlimited football games on tv, and blaring his oldies in all his dream cars. He will continue his family reunions with his grandparents, aunts, cousins, all his loving in laws, and he will finally get to rock his great granddaughter. He will get to play with his hound dogs that went over rainbow bridge.

His calm composure made him the loveable man everyone adored. He was a very intelligent man who always had a calculator nearby incase he thought of something and needed to run the numbers. He loved his books, the library, and his music. He loved to take drives, loved all cars new and old and had a wealth of knowledge when it came to automobiles.

Terry is survived by his loving wife Linda of 45 years. His two sons James (Stephany) Vines of Commerce City Colorado and William (Charlotte) Vines of Arvada Colorado, and his three daughters Tammy (Jason) Stoops, Chandra (Eric) Montgomery, and Amanda (Julian) Vines all of Casper, Wyoming. Terry is also survived by many grandchildren; Tori (Dan) Vines of McKinney Texas and James (Mia) Vines Jr. of Destin, Florida, Alex (Paula) Stoops, Olivia (Rebecca) Frias, Hannah (Andy) Barrett, Jessica, Stylze, Tyanna, Tyarra Montgomery, Shelby and Quentin Lopez all of Casper Wyoming.

Terry also has four great grandchildren; Benjamin and Amelia Barrett of Casper Wyoming and Kenneth Jase and Audrey Grace Loehr of McKinney Texas.

He was proceeded in death by his parents, grandparents, his beloved Aunt Barb and Aunt Jean, his Brother Michael, and his great granddaughter Oaklee Jo Barrett.


Jack G. Ellis

Jack G. Ellis, 89, went to be with his Lord and Savior May 12, 2019 at his home in Casper, Wyoming.

He was born at home on a ranch south of Hay Springs, Nebraska to Sam and Ruby Ellis on September 6, 1929. He was one of 10 children. He attended high school in Gordon, Nebraska and graduated from Cody High School in Cody, Nebraska.

After graduation he worked on various ranches until 1948. Then he worked as a fireman on the Chicago Northwestern/Burlington Northern Railroad and was stuck in the snow on the train in the ’49 blizzard for two weeks.

He married Arlene Reynoldson April 15, 1950. To this union 2 children, Steven and Sheri, were born. 

He then worked on several ranches and lived south and west of town on the Cherry Creek Ranch from 1955 to 1967 when they purchased the M&L Market and ran the store for 16 ½ years. After the store was sold, they continued to ranch until they sold the ranch. They moved to Casper, WY in 2016 to be close to their daughter for care. 

He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Arlene, one son, Steven (MaryAnn) Ellis of Cheyenne, WY and one daughter, Sheri (Ray) Hoevet of Casper, WY. 7 Grandchildren, 10 Great Grandchildren, and one Great Great Grandchild.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Crawford Eagles Club. 
Funeral services will be Saturday, May 18, 2019 at Chamberlin Chapel in Crawford @ 2:00 P.M.


Christina “Chris” Mae Reutner

Christina “Chris” Mae Reutner, of Casper, passed away peacefully on April 30, 2019 at Life Care Center of Casper at the age of 80. Chris was born to on December 15, 1938 in Edgemont, SD. After graduating from Newcastle High School, Chris attended nursing school at the University of Wyoming.

She married Wayne Reutner on October 10, 1959 in Freeport, IL. They moved to Newcastle, WY, where they raised their family. Wayne owned and operated Reutner Construction Company. Chris was employed as a nurse for more than 20 years. Later Chris was a director of a daycare center and then eventually worked at Safeway for almost 20 years.

Chris attended First Assembly of God in Newcastle and served as the kids church teacher. Once their children were grown, Wayne and Chris moved to be near their daughter Venetta and her family in Greeley, CO. In 2001 Wayne and Chris retired and relocated to Casper to be near Brian and Traci and their families. She was a member of Faith Assembly of God Church and also Hebrew Roots Congregation of Casper. Her greatest pleasure in life was supporting her kids and grandkids as they participated in their various youth activities. Chris truly never met a stranger. She made everyone feel welcome and loved. 

Chris was preceded in death by her husband of 51 years, Wayne “Yogi” Reutner; her parents, Everett and Evelyn (Humphrey) Sallee; and two brothers, Everett Sallee and Kenneth Sallee. She is survived by her daughter Venetta (Doug) Mitich, her son Brian Reutner, her daughter Traci (Josh) Blom, eight grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, and her three siblings — Cecil Sallee, Kathy Scheline, and Harold Sallee. 

A memorial service will be held at Hebrew Roots Congregation of Casper (River of Life Church) on Wednesday, May 15 at 2:00 PM. 

Memorial contributions may be made to Hebrew Roots Congregation of Casper or Faith Assembly of God in Chris’s memory.