Obituaries: Batesel, Smithwick, Lanham, Castle, Moore - Casper, WY Oil City News
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Obituaries: Batesel, Smithwick, Lanham, Castle, Moore

Jessica Batesel

Jessica Batesel, 30, passed away January 9, 2019 in Casper. Services were on Saturday, January 12, 2019 in Riverton.


Steven Sylvester Smithwick

Steven Sylvester Smithwick age 63 of Casper, Wyoming passed away Wednesday January 09, 2019 in his home.

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Steve was born on December 13,1955 in Madison, WI the son of Patrick and Carol Smithwick.

Steve lived a faithful life and always went out of his way to help others in need. He is remembered by his friends as an awesome wrestler. He also had a great love for all animals and had many different types of pets throughout the years. He enjoyed being active, the outdoors, fishing and reading.

Steve was preceded in death by his Father Patrick Smithwick and Brother Tom Smithwick.

Steve is survived by his loving family: Mother Carol “Toddy” Smithwick, Brother Mike Smithwick of Grand Rapids, Sister’s Lynn Smithwick of Blue Earth, Anne (Jon) Walton of Waconia, Sister-in-law Rebecca Smithwick of Bloomington; nieces and nephews Joe Smithwick, Katie (Patrick) White, Robert (Heather) Smithwick, Kellen Smithwick, Charlie Walton; great-nieces Morgan White and Lillian, Madeline and Elizabeth Smithwick and many other loving relatives and friends.

Private family services will be held.


JoAnne Lanham

JoAnne Lanham, 86, born in Wheatland, WY on July 4, 1932 to A.T. & Catherine Covington, passed away peacefully in the early morning of January 11, surrounded by her four children.

She spent her early years in Glendo, moving to Lusk when she was four. In 1943 she moved to Casper. JoAnne graduated from NCHS in 1950. She worked for the Air National Guard from 1951 to 1955 when she met and married Harold Lanham. Her hobbies, besides her family, were music and planting flowers. She will be remembered for her beautiful singing voice, singing in the St. Anthony’s choir for many years. She also sang for many weddings, funerals and other events.

JoAnne was preceded in death by her parents; brother Travis; nephew Travis Jr; twin boys, Eric Ryan and Erin Patrick; and son-in-law Hal Messersmith.

She is survived by her children, Kelly Lanham of Louisville, KY, Kevin (Teresa) Lanham of Casper, Kerry Messersmith of Fort Worth, TX, and Kodi (Leroy) Arner of Casper; four very special grandchildren Meghan (Steve) Gephardt, Nathan (Anastasiia) Lanham, Brynnley Messersmith, and Alexandria (Robert) Starks; and six wonderful great-grandchildren Oliver Lanham, Maggie Starks, Kaiden Gephardt, Evyn Gephardt, Emily Lanham, and Maverick Starks.

JoAnne was a 20-year breast cancer survivor. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you make a contribution to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

A private service will be held.


Carol Evelyn Castle

Carol Evelyn Castle of Casper, WY passed away Wednesday, January 9th at the age of 82, surrounded by her family. Leaving behind so many people she touched by her beautiful smile and very distinct contagious laughter.

She was a Wyoming Native, born in Douglas, WY August 17, 1936 to Art Johnson & Francis Johnson Morley. She graduated in 1954 from Douglas H.S. She married Earl “Dean” Castle (or as she would often refer to him as dammit Dean) on May 28, 1954. They then lovingly(& sometimes not so) put up with each other for the next 55 years.

Carol had many jobs to her credit, nurses aide, took in ironings, bank teller, cleaned and helped care for dear friends, drove for a delivery service and cared for two precious little girls. But the job she was most proud of was raising her 3 children and driving that old school bus #35 for 24 years for the Natrona County School District.

She loved the outdoors! From being raised in the country to driving bus for Field Science or helping with brandings anywhere and riding her horse Misty. Outside was her comfort zone. Later she enjoyed traveling with Dean in their motor home and especially loved spending her winters in AZ. She also was an active member of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church.

Carol is survived by her children; Debbie Bagner & her husband Ed, Patti Schaff & her husband Les, Rick Castle & his wife Donna. Also 6 grandchildren; Bryan Bagner, Gus Bagner, Landon Schaff, Nicole Martinez, Austin Schaff and Ryan Dean Castle, plus their partners and 15 great grandchildren. Then there is her sisters; Marie Maw, Barbara Dorf & her brother Jim Johnson, her Aunty Kathy Huey and Uncle Bill George, and many nieces & nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her brother Don and her husband Dean.

The family asks that in lieu of flowers, please direct any donations or memorials to Hospice or Mountain Road Christian Academy in Carol’s memory.


Robert “Bob” Trupey Moore

Robert “Bob” Trupey Moore, 77, of Casper, passed away Tuesday, January 8th, 2019.

Bob was born to the late Robert and Johnetta Moore, April 20th, 1941, in Atchison, Kansas. He attended NCHS and enlisted in the United States Airforce from which he was honorably discharged in 1965. He married Marcielena Alcala in 1961. They later divorced.

Bob will always be remembered for having what many described as a heart of gold. He loved his family intensely, and made certain they all knew and felt this love. He made certain to drive by each family members’ house to check on them every single day. He will also be remembered by his amazing, soulful, baritone voice. His family would often request him to sing and he would gladly oblige.

Bob is survived by three daughters: MaRandy (Gary) Chingman, Yvette (Ramon) Soberanez, and Johnlena Winters, all of Casper, and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He is also survived by three sisters and one brother: Viola (Robert) Ballance of Atchison, Kansas; Sandra Moore of Casper; Debra Moore of Phoenix, Arizona; and brother John Moore of Mesa, Arizona.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his daughter, who died in infancy, his son, Robert Trupey Moore Jr., and one grandson, Antonio Moore.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Central Wyoming Hospice.

Private family services were held Friday, January 11, 2019.