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Obituaries: Loucks, Ellbogen, Castlebury, Hehr

Marcus David Donald Loucks

Marcus David Donald Loucks, beloved son, brother, and friend, left us on September 6, 2017. He blessed us with his infectious laughter, unwavering loyalty, and tender heart for his 26 years on this earth.

Marcus was born and raised in Casper, Wyoming. As a child, he was always the courageous one of the family, jumping off the tallest structure on the playground, then later landing snowboarding jumps over the roofs of cars. He had an intense passion for the sport of baseball and his talent in pitching gave him the opportunity to play for teams all over the western states including Wyoming, California, Colorado, Washington, Texas, and Montana. Two of his proudest achievements in the sport were pitching a no-hitter as a teen in Casper and playing for the Triple Crown Championship series for a team out of Utah. Marcus earned an associate’s degree from Dawson Community College in Glendive, Montana, where he was a college athlete.

Marcus found great joy in befriending others, and to him, there was no such thing as a stranger in even the most crowded of rooms. He would never let family and friends off the phone without saying “I love you.”  His concern for the well-being of loved ones and his desire to put others first were incomparable.

Marcus will be immeasurably missed by his parents, Bunky and Heidi Loucks, and Cathy and Bob Ide; siblings, Matthew Loucks, Mary Cummings (Michael), Holly Burrow (Matthew), KT Smith (Kellen), Clinton Ide, April Lubenow, and Dayne Lubenow; grandmother, Joey Tetreault; along with his girlfriens, Kylie Melendrez and treasured extended family and countless friends.

He was preceded in death by his grandfathers, Donald Loucks and David Tetreault, and his grandmother, Holly B. Loucks.

A rosary will be held at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church on Tuesday, September 12, 2017, at 7:00 pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will take place Wednesday, September 13, 2017, at 10:30 am with Father Gary Ruzicka presiding. Interment will be at Highland Cemetery, followed by a reception at St. Patrick’s for family and friends.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in honor of Marcus to the Casper Family YMCA or a charity of the donor’s choice.

Dr. Martin Healey Ellbogen, 85, passed away on September 7, 2017 in Casper, Wyoming. A Rosary will be held on Monday, September 11, 2017 at 7:00 P.M., with visitation from 5:30 to 7:00 PM prior to the Rosary, at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Casper. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held  at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church at 10:00 AM on Tuesday, September 12, 2017 with Fr. Lucas Simango officiating.  Interment will follow at Highland Cemetery. He served in the United States Navy.

Ray Gardener Castlebury

Ray Gardener Castlebury was promoted to heaven September 6th, 2017 with his loving family by his side. Ray was born August 4th, 1940 in Paris, Texas to Joshua Gardener Castlebury and Elizabeth Ivy LaRue. Ray traveled to Wyoming in 1967 for work and as fate would have it vehicle troubles led him to remain in Casper for the remainder of his life.

He started up Castlebrook Welding and Fabrication a welding business he successfully ran for many years until his retirement. Since he never stopped going, retirement only meant that he had more time for other projects. Ray was an avid woodworker, fabricator, and all around master of all trades. He never met a stranger, you could often find him carrying on conversations with people he had never met. His love for God and his uncanny ability to speak with anyone anywhere made him a wonderful witness for the lord. The only thing that came close to his love for the Lord was the love he had for his family. Between singing at church, multiple building projects, and helping family with anything and everything, he found time to fish. He was a wonderful fisherman, but he would rather help his friends and family catch fish as opposed to catching the fish himself. He was happiest when he was working which usually consisted of him helping any and everyone who could use a hand.

His fun loving nature and often head scratching antics will be missed greatly. He truly was a blessing to everyone around him and his presence will be greatly missed. He is survived by his loving wife, children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

A celebration of life was held at Word Christian Fellowship Church on Sunday, September 10 2017 at 1030 am.

Robert “Bob” Hehr

Robert “Bob” Hehr 66 of Riverton passed away Friday August 25, 2017 at Sage West Hospital Riverton. A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday11:00 on Friday September 22, 2017 at  The Dennison Lodge, 909 Ramshorn Drive, Dubois, WY.

Bob the son of Adolph “Fred” Hehr and Frances Mae (Schmidt) was born in Casper, WY January 30, 1951. After graduating Kelly Walsh High School in 1969 he enlisted in the US Air Force, serving from 1969 – 1974, being honorably discharged as Sgt E4 specializing as  a “Weapons Maintenance Specialist Explosive Operator”. While in the Air Force he married JoAnn (Jo) Hackleman March 2, 1973 at Eglin Air Force Base in Ft. Walton Beach, FL.  In 1975 they purchased the Yellowstone Motel & Service Station in Dubois, WY with his parents. Together they ran the business for 9 years.  Bob worked for WyDot for 32 years, 20 of those years were in Dubois as a Maintenance worker. He retired in 2010 from WyDot in Shoshoni as Foreman.  While in Dubois he was an EMT from 1977-1990.

He was his children’s biggest fan, whether it was watching his daughter’s volleyball, and basketball games or traveling with his son for Special Olympics. He was always there for them.  As the kids grew up taking them fishing, camping and just hanging out with them was his favorite hobby.

Bob loved fishing and looked forward to his annual fishing trip with his brother Kenny to Port Mansfield, TX. He loved watching Wyoming football and basketball, and enjoyed teasing his son-in-law Mario about being a Seattle Seahawk fan. (Go Seahawks)

The apple of his eye arrived 6 years ago when he became a grandpa ”papa” to his beautiful granddaughter Madison. She had him wrapped around her little finger and he loved every minute of it. He instilled his love of reading in Madison after he took her to the library to get her her first library card and book.

He is survived by his wife Jo of Riverton; son Ryan Hehr of Riverton; daughter, Courtnie Mills and husband Mario and their daughter Madison of Riverton; brothers Ken Hehr and wife Sally of League City, TX, Gary Hehr and wife Rebecca of Casper; sister Linda Walters and husband Chuck of Casper; sister-in-law, Sally Tuttle and husband Tom of Casper; Uncle and Aunt, Bill and Ruth Schmidt. His extended family Mike Butler and wife Val of Casper, Carolyn Hinds and husband Phil of Casper, numerous nieces and nephews and great-nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Keith at birth; mother and father in law Kathleen and Smokey Morris.

Memorials may be made to American Diabetes Association in care of Davis Funeral Home, 2203 West Main Street, Riverton, WY 2501

On-line condolences may be made to the family at www.TheDavisFuneralHome.com.