Obituaries: McLemore, Spencer, Olson

Debbie Jo Hales-McLemore

Debbie Jo Hales-McLemore lived her life the same way she came into it, unconventionally and with zest. She was the third daughter, born in Casper on June 4, 1955 to Wayne and Beth Hales. On Nov. 5, 2018, Debbie lost a courageous battle with a truly cowardly opponent, cancer.

After graduating from Kelly Walsh High School, Debbie went to work for KTWO Television as the Traffic Manager until 1997 when she went to KTWO Radio where she was employed as the Business Manager until the death of her parents during the 2013 holidays.

Debbie grew up enjoying her summers at the Casper Water Ski Club with her two older sisters, Judy and Linda. In her youth, she was a champion slalom skier and jumper (yes, water ski jumper). Debbie loved lake life and the people out there and continued to go until health reasons prevented it this past summer. When she wasn’t water skiing, she was cultivating her garden, sewing, cooking, alpine skiing with her family and raising numerous fur babies.

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She met Mike McLemore in 1985 and married him in 1988 on the Ski Club lawn. In 1991 she gave birth to Kiefer Cody and introduced him and her stepson, Jason, to the Lake Life.

Debbie was preceded in death by her parents, Wayne and Beth Hales and her sister, Linda Lindley of Laramie in 2013 and 2016 respectively. She is survived by her oldest sister, Judy Hales of Roseville, CA, spouse Mike McLemore, son Kiefer (girlfriend Marissa Brammer), stepson Jason (fiancee Betsy Taucher) all of Casper, nephew Michael Bunning (Mia) of El Dorado Hills, CA, nephew Dr. Todd Bunning (Monica) of Granite Bay, Ca, nephew Greg Lindley (Stephanie) of Casper, and niece Dr. Michala Lindley of Pullman, WA.

The family would like to thank all of the medical professionals that helped and added their personal caring touches as well as all of the friends and family members that added their support and comfort along the way. We love all of you.

A Celebration of Life will happen sometime this summer when the weather is warm and people are happy, so be ready. If anyone would like to make a donation, please choose your favorite charity or perhaps think of the Casper Humane Society, Debbie liked them.


Shirley J. Spencer

Our mother, Grandma, GG, sister and friend, Shirley J. Spencer, of Mills WY, on the eve of Friday, October 19th, 2018 was healed by our Lord of her illnesses and reunited in heaven, to the love of her life, Eugene(Gene) Welfel.

Shirley was born June 21st, 1941 in Sayre, PA, born fourth of ten children to John and Olive Brewer.

Shirley retired from Borg-Warner/Emerson of Ithaca, NY. After many years of traveling and visiting her children and many family members throughout this nation, she made Mills, Casper area her home.

We love you!!!!

Besides spending time with her family and traveling, she loved an adventure, laughing, reading novels, garage/yard sale shopping and cooking. She would always answer with loving honesty, a TRUE friend, called “mom” by many and unselfishly sacrificed much for the ones who called in need.

Shirley, beloved mother (mom) is survived by her sons: Brian of Texas, Bruce(Cheryl) of Wyoming, Ben(Patricia) of Arizona and her daughters: Brenda of WV, Barbara (Jerry) Baggs of Kentucky, Bonita (d. Lynn) Hebb of Texas, Step-sons Eugene, Scott and Chris Welfel;

“Shirl” Sister to Dorothy (d. Francis) Casslebury, James (Sadie) Brewer, Paul (Betsy) Brewer, Gloria(Dan) Rose, Carl (Norma)Brewer, Cora (d. Ray) Arnold and Earl Brewer.

Also known and loved as Grandma Shirley, Grandma and GG by her many grandchildren, great grandchildren. She was also blessed with numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews.

Shirley was preceded by her husband Gene, father John Brewer, beloved mother Olive Brewer, brother John(Jackie)Brewer, and sister Sarah Welfel.

Cremation has already taken place at Bustard’s.

A Celebration of Life is currently scheduled for Sat., Nov.17th at 860 Fulton Dr., Mills, WY 82644.

Please call (979) 775-8065 and leave a message with questions and contact information.

Arrangements are forth coming for Shirley to be laid to rest beside Gene in Dryden, NY in the Spring of 2019.

In lieu of flowers please consider donations to the following: Central Wyoming Hospice & Transitions


Vernon Leslie Olson

Vernon Leslie Olson, 57, of Casper Wy passed away November 10th 2018 at WMC. A celebration of his life will be held at 1:00 pm, Friday November 16th at the Izaak Walton Club House at Fort Caspar, 4205 Fort Caspar Road. Memorials in his name can be made to the Muley Fanatic Foundation, 520 Wilkes Drive, Green River Wyoming 82935. Newcomers Casper Chapel has been entrusted with arrangements.

Vern is survived by his mother and father, Buck and Linda Olson of Glenrock, Wyoming, daughter, Mariah (Kelly) Alger of Gillette, Wyoming, son, Matthew (Gracce) Olson of Uvalde, Texas, brother, Douglas Olson of Evansville, Wyoming and sister, Kellie Budig of Evansville Wyoming.

He was born in Casper WY on September 9th, 1961. He graduated from Natrona County High School in 1980. He then furthered his education at Aero Tech in Broomfield, Colorado. Vern worked many years as an avid mechanic. In 1985, he married Blythe Boston in Casper Wyoming.

Please join family and friends this Friday at Fort Caspar and have a beer on Vern.