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Obituaries: Royal, Kandt

Ashley Ranae Royal

Ashley Ranae Royal
OCTOBER 12, 1989 ~ OCTOBER 8, 2018 (AGE 28)

On Wednesday October 3rd, 2018, Ashley Ranae Royal passed away at the age of 28.

Ashley was born on October 12th, 1989 in Phoenix, AZ to Jim and Angela Royal. When Ashley was 18 months old she and her parents moved to Wyoming. Following her moms passing in October of 1992, Ashley was raised in Casper by her father.

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She enjoyed trips to Greybull and Basin, Wyoming to spend time with her grandparents and cousins. She also loved horseback riding and riding four wheelers with her cousin Grant. Her dad got a second shot at love when he met Cheryl, and they married May 24th, 2001. Ashley cherished the relationship she shared with her step sister Amy and they were the very best of friends. Ashley graduated from Kelly Walsh High School in 2008 and went on to recieve her license as a Certified Nursing Assistant. She met her soulmate and the love of her life, Keith Blackman, in 2010 and they became engaged on December 18th, 2012. Keith and Ashley built a beautiful life together and lived out their own fairytale love story. One of Ashley’s biggest dreams and desires was to be a mom. Though she never had kids of her own, Ashley became a wonderful step mom to Keith’s son Xavier, of whom she loved very much. She also enjoyed being an Aunt, and loved her fur babies Cali and Layla with all of her heart.

Ashley was preceded in death by her father Jim, her mother Angela, and her great grandparents Ed and Edith Huddleston.

She is survived by her fiance Keith Blackman and stepson Xavier Blackman; Grandparents Dorlene (Walter) Mayland; step mom Cheryl Royal; step sister Amy (Calen) Kozak; uncle Randy (Dawn) Royal; uncle Scott Royal; cousin Mikayla Royal; cousin Grant (Melissa) Royal; mother and father in laws Nanci (Dale) Blackman and Bruce (Jo) Williams; sister in law Aleigha Williams; brother in law Devin Williams; nieces Azlyn Bressette and Charlotte Royal; nephew Carter Kozak; uncle Scott (Tracy) Mayland; uncle Ben (Terilyn) Mayland; grandma Shirley Bishop; aunt Kristi (Jerome) Ebarb; aunt Penny (Kurt) Acton; aunt Natalie (Johnny) Espinosa; aunt Trisha Lafollette; and great aunt Bonnie (Ray) Rutherford; cousins Moriah and Seth Mason; Teegan and Ava Lafollette; Chris, Aaron, Kim and Trey Ebarb.

Services for Ashley Royal will be held October 8th, 2018; 11am at Word Christian Fellowship located at 1220 S Melrose St here in Casper. All who loved Ashley are welcome.


Elmer Kandt

Elmer Kandt died, Sept. 22, 2018. He was born June 4, 1927, the second in a family of eight, four brothers and three sisters, all born 3 ½ miles south of Woodbine, KS.

He attended school in Union School District 18, a one-room school where about half the students were his brothers and sisters. After graduating from Woodbine High School in 1945, he worked on the family farm until enlisting in the Army in 1946. He served in the 24th Infantry Division during the occupation of Japan until he was honorably discharged in 1948.

He then returned home to work the farm with his father. A lifelong Democrat who was active in the Wyoming Democratic party, he recalled voting for Eisenhower in 1952. Abilene was the county seat and Eisenhower’s boyhood home. The Abilene paper said it was everyone’s duty to vote for the hometown boy. He voted for him even though “he didn’t like to be told what to do.” He then left to go to Wyoming on Veteran’s Day 1952.

One of the main reasons he came to Wyoming was his uncle Harold Noyes who came to Wyoming in 1923. He served on the Casper City Council in the 1930s and was mayor in the early 40s. At that time the Casper newspaper printed an annual paper that had sections about agriculture, ranching, oil and gas, tourism and other subjects, and his uncle sent him that paper.

When he got to Casper he got a job with Stanolind Oil and Gas on a seismograph crew. He worked in several areas of Wyoming.

In 1953, he married Alo Jean Fossey of Lander. Beginning in 1956 he worked at the Texaco Refinery until its closing in 1982. After early retirement, he was the building and grounds manager at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, a hand on the Kanski Ranch near Pinedale, WY, a wheat harvester in Texas, Oklahoma, and Kansas,

His brother-in-law’s mother, a widow, knew he didn’t like to sit around, so she asked him to mow her lawn and told other widows about him. H ended up mowing lawns in summer, shoveling snow in winter, and doing a lot of handyman work for about 30 widows and older couples. Nearly all have passed on. That widow was right; he didn’t like to sit around. He worked summers as a campground host for the US Forest Service. For several years, he helped build houses for Habitat for Humanity and volunteered at Poverty Resistance. . One of his most recent projects was helping his son Greg build a home in Dubois. He always enjoyed working.

Elmer loved the outdoors and backpacked, camped, fished, and hunted throughout Wyoming. A pioneer of Casper’s Nordic skiing scene, he groomed the trails for the high school ski teams in the 70s and early 80s. Elmer’s grandchildren called him a “freak of nature” because he competed in ski races well into his 80s.

He was preceded in death by his father Victor Kandt and his mother Sophia (Stroda) Kandt and two brothers Edward and Kenneth Kandt of Wichita.

He is survived by his ex-wife Alo Jean Kandt; their four children – Greg Kandt (Pamela) of Casper; Laurie Ann Sponsler (Mike) of McDonough, GA; Mark Kandt of Escondido, CA; and Lisa Smith (Ernie) of Casper, six grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; sister Theresa Lorson of Hope, KS; Arlene McWhirter of Jackson, WY; Keith Kandt of Lindsborg, KS; and Robert Kandt of Wichita, KS.

A memorial service will be held at the Oregon Trail Veterans Cemetery in Casper, WY at 2pm on October 15, 2018. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate memorials to Habitat for Humanity.