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Obituaries: Schauer, Strong, Blair

Billie Anne Martin Schauer

Billie Anne Martin Schauer, 92, passed away peacefully on October 14, 2017 in Casper, Wyoming with Billie Jean, Glen and her beloved dogs Obie and Gizmo by her side.

Billie Anne was born on July 27, 1925 to Willy Washington Butts and Martha Anne Butts in Chickasha, Oklahoma.

In 1945 she married Pepper Martin in Amarillo, Texas while he was in the Air Core. They then moved to Riverton, Wyoming after World War II and started their family, son, Rex Laverne, and daughters, Cheri Ann and Billie Jean.

Billie Anne was always very athletic and loved to compete. She played tennis and golf for many years, winning numerous tournaments.

In 1997 Billie married Homer Schauer in Casper, Wyoming. They loved to travel and shared many wonderful cruises together.

She was preceded in death by Pepper, Homer, and most recently her daughter Cheri . She also lost her sister, Francis of Oklahoma and great grandson of Riverton.

Billie Anne is survived by her daughter, Billie Jean (Glen); step-children, Mark of Colorado; Dee of California; and their children; sister, Peggy of Arizona and her children, Andy, Steve and Kathy.

She loved her grandchildren – Samuel of Casper, Ginifer of Maui; Michael of Riverton, Jeremiah of Colorado and Adriana of Idaho. Her precious great grandchildren, Massimino and Giovannia of Casper; Bella-Sina, Kylania and Samuel of Maui; Liliian and Evelyn of Idaho; Michael, Brian, Sasha and Liz of Riverton.

A celebration of life will be held in the spring in Riverton, Wyoming.

CATHARINE (Cathy) Ann Strong

CATHARINE (Cathy) Ann Strong, 83, peacefully took up her walking stick and took her last walk here on earth October 18, 2017 at her daughters’ home in Sheridan, WY.

Cathy was born March 20, 1934 in Gillette, WY to Buron H. (Shorty) Willard, and Pauline (Marvel) Willard. Cathy, was the beloved wife of 59 years, to the late John Bernard Strong. Devoted mother to Ella Lopez (John), Sheridan, WY, John H. Strong (Carole), Casper, WY and Mary Lee (Ron), Boulder, WY., NJ and Florida. Doting Grandmother of Loya, Charles, John Thomas, John Paul, Christine, David and Jenny and loving Great Grandmother of twelve.

Cathy is also survived by her brother Max Willard, Casper, WY, Sister, Flossy Black, Worland, WY, many cousins, nieces and nephews.

Cathy loved to garden and grow her prized roses. She also loved to weed the garden and flower beds with her helpers, when child labor was legal, so she would tell us.

Mom’s words of encouragement, wisdom and comfort gave us something to pass down to others. She was a master cook in the kitchen; she believed in cooking every night for others who might just “show up” so left overs were abundant! Her favorite word was “GO!” Go she did. From hiking the Grand Canyon numerous times, to running the high rapids of the Colorado and Snake Rivers, trekking the Oregon Trail with her Oregon Trail buddies, walking the same streets Jesus walked, seeing the Pope, bathing in the Dead Sea (so she said), and driving their motor home to many destinations.

Cathy will be remembered as the “Office Manager” for the deceased Dr. M.H. Ellbogen, an outstanding historian, a charming hostess, and always there to lend a hand. She loved her friends, antiques, art, her many fur babies and a good laugh.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Shorty and Pauline Willard, her husband, John B. Strong, her Granddaughter, Loya Sucher, and her brother, Ed Willard.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Friday, October 27, 2017 at 11:00 am at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church with Father Tom Sheridan as Celebrant.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Hospice of the Bighorns,1401 W 5th St, Sheridan, WY 82801 .

Mr. Wayne R. Blair, of Casper, WY, passed away on Monday, October 16, 2017 at the age of 90.

Born to parents Percy Blair and Edna Eikenberry on March 19, 1927 in Lusk, WY, Wayne grew up in Kaycee, and Lander WY with his brother Neal and sister Carol. He graduated high school at age 17, enlisted in the Navy, and was shipped overseas to fight in World War II. In 1948 he married Bonnielou Brooks and they were married 47 years.

Friends and family remember Wayne as a rancher, hunter, horse whisperer and competitive bronc rider. He had a true sixth sense with animals, particularly horses. Through his travels and adventures he found himself in numerous situations where he helped save both animal and human life

His faith was pivotal to his life. He was a faithful Christian who strove to do the will of God and to help anyone in need.

Wayne is survived by his daughters Judi Hede, (Brett) of Casper, WY, Tracy Brown (Randy) of Los Angeles, grandchildren Jeff Hede, Danielle Brown, Aaron and Codi Blair, and step-grandchildren Nick and Adam. He is pre-deceased by his wife Bonnie and his son David.