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Obituaries: Zavada, Read, Wentz, Azama

Ivan Zavada

Ivan Zavada, age 50 of Casper, passed away suddenly on Monday, December 31, 2018 in his sleep. Ivan was born on November 15, 1968 to Bert Zavada and Lauretta Clay in Colorado Springs, CO. Ivan was a published musician and an accomplished drummer. Ivan worked as a concrete finisher and foundation laborer. He is survived by his mother, a brother and sister. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, February 2, 2019 at the Newcomer Casper Chapel at 2:00 p.m.


Lucille “Liz” Read

Lucille “Liz” Read, 93, a Casper native passed away Tuesday, January 8, 2019. Lucille was born December 14, 1925, to Frank and Veronica Pavelka, and was one of 11 siblings.

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She attended school in Casper where she met Roy Read, her future husband. At the end of WWII, Roy and Liz were married at Saint Anthony’s Catholic Church on June 19, 1945. The couple then relocated to Norman, Oklahoma and returned to Casper in 1948. They then built and settled into their new home in Allendale.

She supported and enjoyed her children’s successes, extensive rock collecting, and both Liz and Roy enjoyed traveling with their travel trailer throughout the country and Canada.

Liz and Roy raised seven children, Roy Read and wife Janet of Casper, Mary Pyeatte and husband Charlie of Chandler, AZ, Dave Read and wife Janice of Cheyenne, Lisa Read of Casper, Matt Read of Casa Grande, AZ, Lucille Collins and husband Mike of Flagstaff, AZ, Vanessa Larsen and husband Don of Gilbert, AZ; they had 14 grandchildren; and 17 great grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Roy, nine of her siblings, and one great grandchild. She is survived by one sister, Roselee (Pavelka) Day of Casper.

During Liz and Roy’s near 64 years of marriage she was very actively involved in the Catholic Church, 4-H, and Girl Scouts. During the 50’s and 60’s Liz and Roy were foster parents to many of Natrona County’s Youth.

Visitation will be 8:30 AM until 9:30 AM, Monday, January 14, 2019 at Newcomer Casper Chapel. Funeral Mass will be held 11:00 AM, Monday, January 14, 2019 at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church.

In lieu of flowers contributions can be made in Liz’s name to: Jason’s Friends Foundation, 340 W. B Street, Suite 101, Casper, WY 82601.


Donald E. Wentz

Donald E. Wentz was born to Nellie Gertrude Tindle and Joseph Jack Wentz on July 14, 1936 in Omaha Nebraska. Don was one of 12 children born to his parents.

Don was known for his charismatic demeanor and the ability to bring a smile to anyone’s face with his sarcastic yet funny quips. He was an accomplished dancer and was well known for square dancing with his sister Darlene who was loving nicknamed by her younger brother Don as “Darlin”.

Don met Elwanda Burke in the fall of 1999 at the Avalon Club, where they shared their love of dancing and in her words “had a grand ole’ time together”. They were later married at Elwanda’s home in Casper by the JP in a small ceremony with Elwanda’s mother Sarah Bandy in attendance.

Don was a member of the Eagle’s where he and Elwanda spent a great deal of time together after they met and married listening to live music and dancing.

He was preceded in death by 2 sisters, 8 brothers and his parents.

Don is survived by his sister Darlene Hackworth, and four daughters Maiva, Waiva, “Lil” Dawn, Diana and 10 grandchildren as well as numerous great grandchildren and nieces and nephews.

Don will be greatly missed by his beloved wife Elwanda and all his family and friends.


Judy A. Azama

Judy A. Azama was born Judy Rae Arnold on January 2, 1941 in Kingsville, Texas, to Verlie and Ray Arnold. Ray worked in oil exploration, so there were frequent moves until the family settled in Kansas, then later in Casper. Judy attended Casper College, then transferred to Wichita University, where she graduated with a major in journalism. Judy later moved to Hawaii, where she met and married George M. Azama in 1971. The couple relocated to Casper in 1980. Judy was employed by True Oil Company for many years, until her retirement. George passed away March 24, 2018. She is survived by her sister, Patricia Russo, of New Jersey, Patricia’s children and grandchildren, and her dear friends Waynette Spence and Terry Dean, both of Casper.