Michael James Benton, 30, passed away on February 6, 2018 in Greeley, Colorado. A visitation was held from 2:00 to 3:00 P.M. on Sunday, February 11, 2018 at Bustard’s Funeral Home’s West Chapel, 600 CY Avenue in Casper. A memorial service will be held at 1:00 P.M. on Monday, February 12, 2018 at Bustard’s with Pastor Tim Adams officiating.
Michael was born on September 6, 1987 in Sioux City, Iowa to Wanita Benton and Michael Spreng. Rodney Gregg became a father figure to Michael in 1988 and remained a significant person throughout his life. He moved to Casper, Wyoming with his family in the spring of 2003. He attended both NCHS and Kelly Walsh High School, and later obtained his GED in 2006. He proceeded to gain training and education in the HVAC field to become a Journeyman HVAC Mechanic. He was employed at Sheetmetal Specialties from 2005 to 2017. He was very talented at his trade and an extremely hard worker. Mike was avid to hunter and fisherman. He loved collecting guns and was an excellent marksman. He enjoyed watching and playing football with his son, and his favorite team was the Broncos. Mike had a strong love for animals and loved his dog, Chief, who was truly man’s best friend. Mike was a good friend to all who knew him and had lots of people who loved him. He loved his family very much. He enjoyed spending time with his children, who meant the world to him. He met his long time girlfriend, Emily Laura Hayes (Benton) in the summer of 2003. They married on July 14th, 2016 in Casper, Wyoming.
Michael was survived by his wife, Emily; two children, Mathew and Elizabeth; niece, Natalie; two sisters, Jazmine Gregg and Jozie Sterling; mother, Wanita Benton; father, Michael Spreng; grandfather, Chuck Houck; and grandmother Kay Wendte. Along with many extended family members on his mother’s and father’s sides.
He was preceded in death by his grandmother, Dee Benton, and his identical twin brother, Christopher Charles Benton, who was his life long best friend and one of the most important people who was ever in his life.
Raymond (Ray) Claude Bunner age 86 passed away at the Central Wyoming Hospice in Casper Janury 24, 2018. He was born in Newcastle, Wyoming October 28,1931. The son of William and Lillie Bunner.
Raymond moved to Riverton,Wyoming as a small child starting his first year of school in Riverton. The family moved to Ocean Lake where he attended school at Morton. He completed his education through the eighth grade at Morton. The family moved from Ocean Lake to Arapahoe.
He married Florene (Renie) Sauer on February 20, 1953 in Billings, Montana. Ray and Renie had three children Steven, Linda and Daniel.
He was a Corporal in the United States Army. Ray did his basic training in Fort Riley,Kansas. He was later stationed at Fort Richardson, Alaska.
After the army Ray and Renie made their home in Riverton, later moving to Casper where Ray built 13 houses. Continuing his carpentry career Ray moved to Moorcroft, Wyoming and then to Winnemuccca, Nevada. When he retired he moved home to Wyoming residing in Glenrock. After retiring he enjoyed working in his wood shop, building bird houses, boxes, benches and wooden wall plaques with his little witty sayings and always ready to go fishing and camping.
He was preceded in death by his parents, four brothers and six sisters.
Survivors include his wife Renie, his sons Steven(Brenna), Daniel, and daughter Linda Humes(Jim). Six grandchildren,13 great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
Services were held at the Newcomers Funeral Home in Casper,Wyoming on February 10, 2018 at 10:00 a.m.
Donations may be made in his name to the Central Wyoming Hospice, Disabled Veterans, VFW or a charity of your choice.