J. Clyde Slane

J. Clyde Slane, age 82, passed away on January 26, 2018. He was born February 16, 1935 at the family home in Lucerne, Wyoming, the oldest of three children. Clyde grew up in Thermopolis, Wyoming where he graduated high school. He attended college in both Casper and Powell, Wyoming. As a young man, Clyde worked in the oil field, and later began driving trucks for a living. After a long career and millions of miles, he retired from Nalco/Exxon Energy Chemicals as a distribution supervisor.

Clyde married the love of his life, Jean Louise Abbott, on September 25, 1959, and from that moment on she was the center of his world. At the time of Jean’s death in 2017. They had celebrated 57 years of marriage.

Together they enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, and being with friends and family. After Clyde retired, they enjoyed being “snowbirds” first in St. George, Utah and later in Parker, Arizona for many winters.

Clyde also had a passion for growing and tending roses, with more than thirty different roses in his yard. He greatly enjoyed admiring his roses on a summer evening while sipping a glass of good merlot.

Clyde is survived by his brother, Richard Slane (Linda), his sister Dorothy Romango (Harry), his daughter Patti Jolly, son-in-law Byron Jolly, nieces, nephews, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Services will be held Friday, February 2nd at 2 pm at Bustard’s Funeral Home, with a reception following at Casper Church of Christ.

In memory of Clyde, contributions can be made to Meals on Wheels of Casper.

Jean Rice Swirczynski
 Jean Rice Swirczynski, 96 years old, passed away peacefully with her family by her side on Saturday, January 27 at Central Wyoming Hospice.

She was born January 12, 1922 in Oklahoma City, OK to James C. and Mary Frances Tillery. She attended Oklahoma University for 2 years. It was there where she met and married Bud Rice, a young law student. They made their home in Tulsa, OK where they raised their family until Bud’s death in September of 1971. During her early life in Tulsa, Jean was very active in Southminister Presbyterian Church and worked for the Tulsa Metro Ministry.

In 1972, she reunited with her longtime friend, Dick Swirczynski. They had both lost their spouses within a month of each other. It seemed a natural progression that they be married. Jean left the city life of Tulsa and moved to wonderful Wyoming where she became an enthusiastic Casperite. She was active in the First Presbyterian Church. She was a member of Casper’s Geo Wives, PEO, and she volunteered to drive for Meals on Wheels for decades.

Jean and Dick remodeled an old dairy barn into a big house on the Platte River. They enjoyed entertaining church groups and good friends with river floats and BBQ’s. She remained at the river house even after Dick’s death in April of 2000.

Jean was known for her charismatic and exuberant personality. She was easily recognized by her warm smiles, hats, and crazy socks. One could say that she sparkled her way through life. She will be missed for her love of life, intelligence, generosity and kindness.

She is survived by one son, James David Rice (Betty) of Hudson, OH, one daughter, Jean Anne Schommer (Leonard) of Norman, OK, A step-son, Paul Swirczynski (Donna) of Boise, ID, two step-daughters, Bonnie White (Dan) of Casper, WY, Leslie Evans of Boise, ID, and 11 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren with 1 on the way.

She is preceded in death by one sister, Mary Margaret Read and one nephew, James “Jaimey” Read.

Memorial Services will be held in June. In Lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Grace Reformed Church, 804 South Wolcott Street, Casper, Wyoming, 82601 or the Central Wyoming Hospice, 319 Wilson, Casper, Wyoming, 82601.

George Wesley Hottel, 58, passed away on January 25, 2018 in Evansville, Wyoming. He was born on November 18, 1959 in Alamosa, Colorado.

George went to Brighton High School. After high school he became a welder.  On July 28, 1979 he married Cindy Walker in Brighton, Colorado. He enjoyed hunting.

George is survived by his sons, Kory Hottel of Bailey, Colorado; Andrew “Jake”Hottel of Ft. Lupton, Colorado; sisters, Hallie Sue Sawyer of Bridgeport, Nebraska; Kayce Phillips of Keenesburg, Colorado; Ann Sack of Brighton, Colorado; brother, Ed Hottel of Brighton, Colorado  and numerous nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his father, Bill Hottel of Allenspark, Colorado; mother, Mary Lou Hottel of Allenspark, Colorado; and sister , Sarah Hottel of Allenspark, Colorado.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Friday, February 2, 2018 at the Tabor Rice Funeral Home, 75 S. 13th Avenue, Brighton, Colorado.