Obituaries: VanBlarcum, Garman, Howe, Hubbard, Heath

Clyde Rex VanBlarcum

Clyde Rex VanBlarcum, 85, passed away on December 18, 2018 in Casper, Wyoming. He was born on August 27, 1933 in Knob Noster, Missouri.

Clyde attended high school in Warrensberg, MO. By profession he was a meat cutter and a janitor.
He enjoyed reading the Bible, cattle ranching, and most of all spending time with his children, grandchildren, family and friends.

Clyde is survived by his daughters, Karen Chica of Casper, WY; Linda Bowman of Hastings, NE; Rex Ann Francis of Eldorado Springs, MO; sons, Clyde VanBlarcum, Carl VanBlarcum and Cecil J. VanBlarcum all of Casper, WY; brother, Cecil L. VanBlarcum of Peculiar, MO. He is also survived by many grandchildren and great grandchildren.

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He is preceded in death by his wife, Carole VanBlarcum of Casper, WY; and his parents, Della and James Clyde VanBlarcum and one brother James P. VanBlarcum all of Warrensburg, MO.

A memorial service was held at 10:00 AM on Saturday, December 22, 2018 at Bustard’s Funeral Home in Casper.




Leona was born in Casper, Wyoming at 136 East “J” Street to Henning Richard and Maria Ruth Walters July 3, 1921. She died December 17, 2018, in Casper at the age of 97-1/2 years young. She graduated from NCHS in 1939 and was confirmed at Grace Lutheran Church in Casper. She was preceded in death by her husband John Kelby Garman Sr., her parents, brother Kenneth Walters and daughter in law Rita Garman, daughter Linda Skinner and granddaughter, Nici Garman.

Leona married John Kelby “Jack” Garman in Dalhart, Texas. Leona worked at the Air Base during WW II. While Jack was stationed in New Mexico the family joined him. Jack and Leona had four children: Larry W. Garman (Kathy) of Sidney, Montana; Mary Ann Hoff (Ken), of Casper; John Kelby Garman, Jr. (Barbara) of Casper; and Linda Skinner. They have 13 grandchildren: Larry S. Garman (Jan), Kathy Hill (Jim), Richard Garman (Lori), John Garman, Missy Zipperian (Eric), Debbie Napier (Rusty), Cal Brockway, Vickie Lund (Kurt), Teresa Taubert (Robert), Kevin Hoff (Cassady), Nici Garman, Lindi Garman Collins (Jason), Patrick Skinner (Sandy), Jason Skinner (Tonya), Sheila Taggart (Tate); 24 great grandchildren and 5 great great grandchildren, as well as those she considered part of her family, including Jim Parker, opening her home and her heart to everyone.
Jack and Leona lived by the Goose Egg for 60 years. Leona was fondly known as “Goose Egg Grandma”. She was a charter and active member of the Bessemer Bend/Goose Egg Birthday Club. Leona loved her immediate, extended family and neighbors. Leona prepared a Swedish Smorgasbord each Christmas for family, neighbors and friends. The kids helped with the preparation for the big event—making Lefse, Krum Kaka, Cardamom rolls, Swedish meatballs…making memories to cherish. Leona had a wit and sense of humor that endeared her to everyone.

Leona loved cooking, sewing, hunting, fishing, and camping at Bates Creek and the Big Horns. She was a 4-H leader and loved living in the country. She had bum lambs every spring as well as calves, chickens, horses, pigs, geese and more!

Leona worked at Sandison’s Grocery, Casper Commissary and Albertsons.
Leona lived at Garden Square for the past several years and loved and was loved by “her girls,” the residents and staff. We sincerely thank Leona’s Garden Square family.
A celebration of Leona’s life will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, December 29, 2018, at Grace Lutheran Church and will continue at the VFW Club with a Swedish Celebration of her life.

Memorials may be made to a charity of your choice or to the Casper Humane Society.

Casper Humane Society
849 E E. Street
Casper, WY 82601


James (Jim) Darrell Howe

James (Jim) Darrell Howe of Casper Wyoming passed away peacefully on December 17, 2018 at Kloefkorn Home in Casper, Wyoming.

Jim was born in Rapid City, SD on April 4, 1937. He moved to Newcastle, Wyoming and attended school there where he met and married to his high school sweetheart Lavonne (Vonnie) Satterfield. They were married for 50 plus years. He is survived by his three children: Kevin Howe aged 61, Kerry Hetzman aged 59, and Kimberly Taylor aged 57, and three grandchildren: Aubrey Milano, Dustin Milano, and James Howe. He is also survived by his sister, Arlene Bozanich.

Jim was a loving son, brother, husband, brother-in-law, uncle, father and grandfather. He adored his family and cherished all of them in his heart. It was the most important job he had in his life; his family will miss him terribly.


William “Bill” Eugene Hubbard

William “Bill” Eugene Hubbard, born August 25, 1955 in Oakland, California, died December 17, 2018 in Santa Cruz, California, at the age of 63. Bill graduated from Dubois High School in 1973 and attended the University of Wyoming. He was an Environmental and Health Safety and Security Manager.
Bill was a member of the El Centro, California Masonic Lodge. He enjoyed watching ESPN, fly fishing, and cheering for the Oakland Raiders and A’s.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents, Lyn and Jo Hubbard; and sister, Diane Leimback, of Dubois, Wyoming.

He is survived by his wife, Marcela, of Bullhead City, Arizona; first wife, Jill Stauch, of Casper, Wyoming; son, Travis (Marie) Hubbard; daughter, Amanda (Steve) Laughrey, all of Casper, Wyoming; daughter, Tiffany Hubbard; and son, Cody Hubbard, both of Pensacola, Florida; grandchildren, Samantha, Megan, and Alexis Laughrey; Bayden and Eberlee Hubbard, all of Casper, Wyoming.

A Celebration of Life reception is planned for 2 pm on Thursday, January 3, 2018 at Bustard’s Reception Center, 932 CY Avenue in Casper.


James “Jim” Edwin Heath

James “Jim” Edwin Heath, born February 22, 1936 in Nelson, Wisconsin, died December 13, 2018 in Casper, Wyoming. James enlisted in the Army in 1954 and, while stationed in Germany, met the love of his life, Marlene Spielmann. They were married on January 10, 1958 in Hanau, Germany.

Jim worked as a heavy equipment operator. He was a proud member of the VFW and loved spending time with his family, sharing his warped sense of humor with his children, and having coffee and spirited conversations with his friends.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents, Grant and Ruth Heath; son, Ben Heath; and brothers, Lawrence, Alfred, and Richard Heath. He is survived by his wife, Marlene; daughters, Dianna Baudrau; Ramona (Donn) Kuhn; sons, Larry and David (Christine) Heath, and many grandchildren and great grandchildren.

A memorial service was held at 1:00 pm, Saturday, December 15, 2018 at Bustard’s Funeral Home. A reception followed. A private interment will take place at Oregon Trail State Veterans Cemetery at a later date.

The family appreciates donations to the Glenrock Senior Center or as Jim says, “Just send cash.”