Obituaries: Merritt, Swafford, Ogden


Kimberly Marshalene Merritt
MAY 30, 2018 ~ OCTOBER 7, 2018
On October 7th 2018 Kimberly Marshalene Merritt was given beautiful angel wings.

Kimber was diagnosed with a rare disorder call Congenital Disorder of Glycosylation. She spent the last month of her life valiantly fighting this disorder at Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children in Denver Co.

In her short four months here on earth she taught us so much about love, joy, hope, courage, spirit and strength. We will never forget her beautiful smile or her sassy little attitude towards life.

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We will live our lives to honor her memory by remembering the lessons she taught us. We will fight to grow and be happy, but mostly even when all the odds are stacked against us and the situation looks hopeless we will not lose hope.

Her Mommy and Daddy want to send the message to any parent of a child with CDG to never give up on your little one. Fight for them. Be their voice, their comfort and their soft touches. And most importantly never ever give up hope.

Little Kimber’s Papa Eddie was gifted his wings just a year before her. We are so comforted by the fact that he was there to take her in his arms and lead her to heaven. She had multiple family members to meet there in heaven. We are sure that her welcome there was one of great love and comfort.

She now gets to take on the important role of being the angel looking over her Mommy and Daddy Kalub and Victoria Merritt and her three big brothers Eddie, Lukas and Tanner and all the rest of her family that loved her so dearly.

Rest easy precious angel. We will all see you again.

There will be a casual gathering of family and friends October 19th at 4 p.m. at Bustards Funeral Home on CY Ave in Casper Wyoming. Kimber’s family intends on wearing pink in memory of her. If you want to you are welcome to as well but it is not expected.

We are also going to have a gathering later that evening but details on that are still pending.
We would like to send our heartfelt appreciation to everybody that has supported our family throughout our time of sorrow.


William “Bill” Leonard Swafford

William “Bill” Leonard Swafford, age 77, passed away at his home in Casper, Wyoming, on October 9, 2018. He was born in Lamar, Colorado, on April 7, 1941, to William “Son” Leonard and Loretta (Brunton) Swafford. He was a graduate of Holly High School. On July 3, 1959, he married Katherine Tonozzi in Holly, Colorado, and they later divorced.

Bill began his career in the lumber business in Holly at the Foster Lumber Company. He worked as a lumber yard manager in Colorado, Nebraska, and Texas, eventually ending his career as a district manager in Casper, Wyoming, where he retired.

He is survived by two daughters, Deanna Alexander (Daniel) of Fort Collins, CO, and Jonna Swafford of Casper, WY, and one son, William Wayne Swafford of Littleton, CO. He is also survived by two grandchildren, Dillon and Kelsey Alexander. He was preceded in death by his parents and Eugene Schlager, his step-father.

A private burial will take place at the family plot in the Holly Cemetery in Colorado.


Marjorie Aletta Ogden, 78, passed away on October 8, 2018 in Casper, Wyoming. A Celebration of life will be held at 2:00 PM on Friday, October 19, 2018 at Bustard’s Reception Center, 632 CY Avenue in Casper.