Obituaries: Conley, Katen, Howell, McMillan - Casper, WY Oil City News
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Obituaries: Conley, Katen, Howell, McMillan

Delores L. Conley

Delores L. Conley was born March 12th, 1950. She loved everyone and life itself. As a daughter she loved to take care of mom and mom took care of her. The relationship was a great mother daughter love between Doris and Delores. As a sister her brothers loved and protected her. She was the princess and her brothers were reminded of it. As a wife she was devoted to Ken she worked with and supported all of their adventures. As a mom she was so proud of Dino and Kenny. As a grandma she always made sure that Sammi was happy. Sammi was the apple of Delores and Ken’s eyes. The bond they share was undeniable. As an auntie she was loved by her nieces and nephews. They loved her like no other and often said she was always there for them and all they did. As a friend she was the life of the party her energy was contagious you couldn’t help but smile when she was around.

I found a little card in Delores wallet and it reads…..
You can do it when light looks like a mountain that is impossible to climb, just remember how incredible you are. You have all the recourse you need to see you through. You are a courageous person who has faced one challenge after another and always came bouncing back with a smile on your face. You are so much bigger than you think you are. Your buoyant spirits will win once again whatever it takes you can do it.

Delores is now dancing in heaven and we know she will live through each of us.

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Edward Niles Katen, 61, of Glenrock, Wyoming passed way at home surrounded by his family on December 14, 2018. At his request, no services will be held.

Ed was born on February 26, 1957 in Alliance, Nebraska to Emmett and Joan Katen. He graduated from Chadron High School in 1975 where he met the love of his life, Peggy Chesbro. They were married in 1979. He graduated from Chadron State College in 1980. He and his family then moved to Glenrock, Wyoming where he taught Industrial Technology at Glenrock High School for 31 years.

Ed was a very simple man wholly devoted to his family and his beloved Nebraska Cornhuskers football team. He was proceeded in death by his father Emmett, his mother Joan, and his sister Kathy.

He is survived by his wife Peggy, his daughters Ashley Katen, Kelsey Coleman, and his son-in-law Jason Coleman, grandchildren Katie, Kannon Angelena, Kaden, Max, and Emma. He is also survived by his brothers Jim (Barb) Katen, Duane (Sally) Katen, Teresa Katen, Joe Katen and numerous nieces and nephews.


Our loving husband, father, and grandfather, Robert “Bob” Lee Howell, age 85, passed away December 14, 2018.

Bob was born on March 3, 1933, in Wade, Oklahoma; to Jasper P. and Connie Marie Boleyn Howell.

Bob was a dedicated and hardworking man. In his younger years he started as a roughneck on rigs, then a driller, and then was promoted to Drilling Superintendent for Brinkerhoff Drilling.

After leaving Brinkerhoff, he did private consulting at the rigs. He then went to work as a hot shot driver for JelNick and Brake Supply. He finally decided to retire at the age of 82.

He was a kind and loving person to all who knew him. He had compassion for all animals and loved his cats and dogs.

His greatest joy was spending time with his children and grandchildren, always pulling pranks and teasing them. He had a witty sense of humor and fun loving personality.

Bob really liked football and making bets with family and close friends which he won most of the time. He liked to read books and watch western movies. His hobbies were collecting model cars and rare coins.
Bob is dearly loved and will be missed by all who knew him.

He is survived by his wife Alma Tibbits Howell of Casper, his daughters Linda (Alex) Cozart of Bakersfield, CA, Barbara (Gary) Lindsay of Scenic, AZ, 4 grandchildren, 9 great grandchildren and 1 great great grandson.

He was proceeded in death by his parents, Jasper and Marie Howell, son Robert Eugene Howell, daughter Cheryl Kay Bull, great great grandson Jestin Jae Lindsay, brothers Red, Jasper P., and Earl, and Mary Lou.

A Visitation will be held 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM with a Funeral Service to follow at 1:30 PM, on Thursday, December 20, 2018 at Newcomer Casper Chapel. Interment will be held at Wyoming Memorial Gardens Cemetery after the service.


Dora “Goldie” M. McMillan

Dora “Goldie” M. McMillan

Goldie was born in Pine River, Minnesota on March 18, 1924. Her parents, John W. Grover and Dora M. Robinson along with 11 other children farmed near Pine River, Minnesota then moved to Missouri, Arkansas and Nebraska to find work. They settled in the Lake Alice area in Nebraska where the younger kids went to school at Lake Alice Country School.

She met her future husband, Harold (Bill) A McMillan, when he was discharged from the Army in November 1945 after the war in Europe and returned to the Scottsbluff area. They were married July 20, 1947. February 26, 1949 brought Gary A McMillan into their lives and the decision to find a better job took them to Midwest, Wyoming where they stayed with Goldie’s sister Lil’ until Bill could find work.

He worked highway construction on the road going south of Midwest up to the hill known as Hospital Hill. When this job was done, they moved to Jackson, Wyoming area building highways near Moose, Wyoming, Turpin Meadows and Togwotee Pass area. In August 1951, twins were born in Jackson, Wyoming and so Dennis and Rodney were added to the small trailer Goldie, Bill and Gary were to share. They needed a better paying job so moved to Midwest to work in the oil fields.

Bill worked for Amoco Production for 32 years and retired in May 1984. In the late 1960’s, Goldie worked at the Junction Café in Midwest then in the school cafeteria. After Bill suffered a heart attack in 1990, they moved to Casper, Wyoming to be closer to Medical Facilities. Bill continued to have mini strokes and Goldie took care of him at home for the next ten years until she no longer was able to do so. Bill was moved to Sheppard of the Valley Nursing Home where he passed away in May 2002. Their Rod died in December 2015 of cancer.

Goldie continued to live in her home until her health started failing. She was a resident at Garden Square Assisted Living until she had a fracture in her hip. She then lived at Life Care Center of Casper until her death 12-12-2018.

Goldie is survived by her younger sisters Cora (Bob) Stanker in Sheridan and Laura (Chuck) Jensen of Spokane, Washington, sons Gary of Edgerton and Dennis (Jeanne) of Powell, Grand Daughter Mary Pat McMillan of Casper, Grandson Kelly McMillan and two Step Grandsons Larry and Danny Moore all from Riverton, three Great Grand Children Joey, Amber and Taylor, and 5 Great Great Grand Children and many nieces and nephews and their children.

A Visitation will be held on Friday, December 21, 2018 from 5-7:00 p.m. at the Newcomer Casper Chapel, 710 E. Second St. in Casper. A Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, December 22, 2018 at the Calvary Baptist Church, 1800 S. Conwell, Casper, 82601 beginning at 11:00 a.m. A luncheon will follow the service and burial will take place at Oregon Trail State Veterans Cemetery at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice.