Obituaries: Martinez, MacManus, Decker, Thomas, Juhl - Casper, WY Oil City News
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Obituaries: Martinez, MacManus, Decker, Thomas, Juhl

Maria Elena Martinez

Maria Elena Martinez, age 79 passed away peacefully with her family by her side Thursday December 6, 2018. She was born August 4, 1939 in Zacatecas, Mexico to Juan and Apolonia Isias. Maria was a member of the Our Lady of Guadalupe Circle at Saint Anthony’s Church. She loved to be with her family and was known for her cooking.

She is survived by her husband, Augustin Martinez, her five children, Robert Moreno, Bertha Holbrook, Norma Moreno Strother, Elizabeth Horton, and Becky Martinez all of Casper, WY; thirteen grandchildren and seventeen great-grandchildren; three siblings, her brother Jorge Isais of Casper, WY; her sisters Alicia Isais and Celia Fernandez of El Paso, TX. She was preceded in death by her parents, and one brother.

Visitation will be held from 5 p.m.-7 p.m. with a rosary starting at 6 p.m. on Thursday, December 13, 2018 at Bustard’s Funeral Home. A memorial service will be held Friday, December 14, 2018 at Saint Anthony’s Catholic Church at 6 p.m. Burial will follow Tuesday, December 18, 2018 at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Cemetery in El Paso, TX.

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Special thanks to the staff at Central Wyoming Hospice.


Camille Christine MacManus

Camille Christine MacManus, 89, passed away on December 1, 2018 at Wyoming Medical Center.
Camille was the youngest of 7 children and was born on December 5, 1928 in Chicago, IL to Charles and Christine Gertz.

She lived in Oklahoma briefly but soon made her home in Casper, WY and met the love of her life Gordon MacManus. Between the two of them they had 3 children, Christine, Cameron, and Kevin.
Camille was very active in her children’s lives but also worked full time at Safeway for many years until retirement and then went on to work as a greeter at Greiner Ford until she finally really retired at the age of 85.

She was loved and respected by many people and her happiness and zest for life was very contagious. Camille was very strong and stubborn, which helped carry her through her 3 battles of cancer and in the end a broken hip. Her light will carry on.

Camille was proceeded in death by her parents, brothers and sisters, her husband Gordon, and one great granddaughter.

She is survived by her 3 children, Chris (Dan), Cameron (Christy), Kevin (Julie); 10 grandchildren, Michelle, Christopher, Teresa, and Tyler, Brent, Steven, Allysa, and Brandon, Kylee, and Megan; as well as 15 great grandchildren.

The services were on Friday December 7, 2018 at 1:00pm at Bustards Funeral Home. Burial was at Oregon Trail Veterans Cemetery following the service.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that a donation in Camille’s name be made to Jason’s Friends Foundation.

Jason’s Friends Foundation
340 W. B Street Suite 101
Casper, WY 82601

or by calling
(307) 235-3421


Janet Faye Decker

A memorial service was held Saturday December 8th at the Church of Christ 2344 E. 2nd Street, Casper Wyoming at 11:00 AM for Janet Faye Decker who passed away after a short illness Saturday December 1st. Janet was 80.

Janet was born January 31, 1938 in Powell, Wyoming to Gordon and Vera Loomis who farmed in the Powell Valley. She graduated from Powell High School in 1957 and worked at Gambles in Billings for a short time before marrying Paul James (Jim) Decker on December 29, 1957.

Janet caught Jim’s eye during her sophomore year of high school. In true chivalrous fashion he ran up behind her as she was getting ready to board the school bus and asked her if she would go out on a date with him. She replied, “I have to ask my mom”, and after a positive report from her older brother, Gale, the date was approved.
After their marriage Jim and Janet moved to Heart Mountain to farm. Jim farmed a few years and then the family moved to Laramie for Jim to finish his education. The family moved frequently with Jim’s career living in Wyoming, Montana, Colorado and the Washington DC area. After Jim’s retirement they moved back to Powell and then to Casper in 2015.

Janet valued faith, family and friends above all. Janet was a fabulous cook and hostess. All were welcome in her home with the kitchen being the center of all activity. She loved to travel, counting her 16 trips to Alaska among her fondest memories. Camping at the Wapiti campground on the North Fork of the Shoshone, with family, was a most treasured memory. Janet was a talented artist, quilter and crafter. However, nothing was more important than leading a faithful Christian life.

Janet’s survivors include her husband of 60 years, Jim, sons Craig and his wife Patti of Wasilla, Alaska; Stanley and his wife Lisa, of Casper; Gary and his wife Shannon, of Casper; her brother Gale Loomis and his wife Terry of West Yellowstone Montana; Glen Loomis and his wife Virginia also of West Yellowstone and Dorris and Wayne Sternitzky of Overland Park Kansas; 9 grandchildren, Adam, Logan, Cody, Ariel, Jodi, Heather, Brian, Sunny and Jamison as well as 9 great-grandchildren.

Janet was preceded in death by her parents, Gordon and Vera Loomis, son Rodney and grandson Jason.
Flowers are welcome. However, those who wish can contribute to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society in her memory.

In accordance with Janet’s wishes she has been cremated. At some point in the future Jim and Janet will be united once again in the waters of the North Fork of the Shoshone at Wapiti and in heaven, faithful Christians in life and eternity.


Willie G. E. Thomas

Willie G. E. Thomas, 89, passed away on December 1, 2018 in Casper, Wyoming. He was born on June 25, 1929 in Ringling, Oklahoma.

Willie served in the United States Navy. He worked as a Foreman of Glendo Power Plant for the Bureau of Reclamation in Glendo, Wyoming. On October 9, 1950 he married Margie May in Healdton, Oklahoma.
He was a member of the American Legion post 15 of Glendo and a member of the United States Team Roping Association. Willie enjoyed Steer roping, golfing, hunting and fishing.

Willie is survived by his son, Michael G.E. (Kathy) Thomas of Daphne, AL; grandsons, Willie Thomas II of Poway, CA; Buck Guidry of The Colony, Texas; granddaughter, Tania Clarke of Saint Johns, FL; sister, Betty Byram of Shreveport, LA and son-in-law, Greg Guidry of Zwelle, LA. Willie is also survived by 7 great- grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his parents, George and Bertie Thomas; wife, Margie M. Thomas of Glendo, Wyoming; daughter, Bobbie Lou Guidry of Severn, MD; and friend, Patricia Bergdahl-Watson of Glendo, WY.

Immediate family service will be held at a later date.


Shirley Mae Juhl, 72, passed away on November 30, 2018 in Casper, Wyoming. She was born on January 3, 1946 in Billings, Montana.

By profession Shirley was a bookkeeper. She enjoyed reading, collecting and her grandchildren.

Shirley is survived by her sons, Brian Juhl and Eric Juhl; daughter-in-laws, Regina Juhl and Amanda Park; grandsons, William Juhl, Kody Juhl, Christopher Juhl, and Ty Juhl all of Casper, Wyoming and sister Myrna Denniston of Manderson, Wyoming; she is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her father, Ira McMillen of Chino, California; mother, Emma McMillen of Rawlins, Wyoming and brother, Royce McMillen of Worland, Wyoming.

A private service will take place.