Obituaries: Simmons, Quickel, Abbott

Martin “Joe” Simmons

Martin “Joe” Simmons, 76, of Casper, passed away on February 2, 2019, after a brief illness. 

He was born November 8, 1942, in Emmetsburg, IA to Carl T Simmons and Louise “Rolfs” Simmons.  He was the youngest of 6 children.

In 1964 he married Peggy “White” Simmons in Sioux Falls, SD.  They were married 54 years and lived in many different states until 1976 when he transferred with Amoco to Wyoming, where he had always wanted to live.  He was an avid hunter and fisherman and spent as much time as he could in the mountains.  He is survived by his wife, Peggy and the following family.

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Joe has one son by a previous marriage, David Tonne, of Fairmont, MN.  Together, Joe and Peggy had 3 children, all who live in Casper.  They are Michael Simmons, Pamela Simmons and Tony Simmons and his wife Rebecca and her son Mark Walters.  They have 6 grandchildren, all of Casper.  They are Brandi Simmons and her fiancé Kurt Little and his son Vaughn,, Kristen Hite, Tasha Simmons, Joseph Simmons, Michael J Simmons and Samantha Debyah.  They also have 3 great grandchildren: Travice, Serenity and Nikita.

Joe was preceded in death by both parents, 3 sisters and one brother, with his only surviving sibling being Mark Simmons and his wife Shirley from Ft Madison, IA.  There are many beloved nieces and nephews.

In his life, he was a truck driver, a gas plant operator and repairman, a Pilot Car Driver and his most favorite job of Hunting Guide for Crystal Creek Outfitters of Bondurant, WY for Gap Pucci.  

Cremation has taken place and his remains will eventually be scattered over the mountains he loved.


Faye Harden Quickel, 77, of Casper passed away Tuesday, January 29, 2019 at Central Wyoming Hospice. Faye was born to the late Benjamin and Mildred Harden on August 5, 1941 in Augusta, Georgia. She married the late Jacob Quickel in 1964.

Faye spent many years in the retail industry as both clerk and manager at such Casper stores as Oke’s Jewelers and Demarcos. She loved being with people and will be sorely missed by many she grew to know throughout her working and retirement years. In her leisure time she enjoyed reading, cooking, spending time with her “grandpuppy” Mia Bella, and engaging in political banter with her daughter and friends. She loved travelling especially when the destination was a beach. Faye was a loving and beloved mother, aunt, and friend. The void left by her passing is great but faith ensures those left behind that she is now whole and at peace in Heaven. She will forever live on in the hearts of those who loved her deeply. 

Faye is survived by her daughter Sharon Lynne Donovan of Casper. She is preceded in death by her parents Benjamin and Mildred Harden, sister Landra, brother Richard and brother Benjamin. 

Memorial contributions may be made to Central Wyoming Hospice or to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

A memorial service will be held at the Newcomer Funeral Home chapel on Saturday, February 16, 2019 at 2 p.m.


Obituary for Virginia Abbott (Satterthwait)

It is with great sadness that Virginia’s family announces her passing, Friday, February 1, 2019, although quickly and peacefully in her sleep at Shepherd of the Valley, Casper, WY.

Virginia was born in Reno, NV December 7, 1921. She was baptized August 8, 1926 in Johnson, MN. Her family found their way to Casper, WY from MN in 1929 where they settled. She was confirmed at Trinity Lutheran Church in Casper, WY June 9, 1935. Virginia’s parents were Lawrence Edward Satterthwait and Tillie “Mass” Satterthwait. She grew up with 7 brothers and sisters; brothers-Marvin Satterthwait, Donald Satterthwait, and Richard Matthews; sisters-Lavern Kirch, Zelda Dunn, Deanna Cowan, and Evelyn Ray. She loved her siblings very much, and later-their families, and enjoyed spending time with all of them.

She attended school and graduated from Natrona County High School July 1, 1939. She met the love of her life, Roland Richard Abbott, they moved to Nevada for his job, and were married October 26, 1941 in Reno. They returned to and stayed in Casper, WY in 1943. They had 3 children; Laurence “Larry” Richard Abbott of Grand Junction, Colorado; Randall Roland Abbott of Casper, WY, and Cynthia Lorene “Abbott” Nolan of Casper, WY. 

During her married years, she worked as bookkeeper at Cotter Battery and Motive Machine in Casper, WY. She also assisted her husband with his business. She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church where she was a Sunday school teacher for many years and an officer in the Ladies Society. She was a den mother and assisted her sons in Little Leagues, her daughter in 4-H, and was a member of Natrona County Senior Citizens Volunteer Program. Virginia was an avid reader, enjoyed sewing clothes and crocheting, hosting family meals, her occasional night cap-Green Grasshopper, a sweet treat-chocolate Frosty from Wendy’s, shopping with her daughter, being outside tending to her flowers, and in later years hanging out with her grandchildren, solving crosswords in the newspaper, and playing bingo. Sadly, she became widowed July 4, 1980.

Virginia loved the Lord and was a strong Christian woman. She was very witty, stubborn, and a spit fire of a lady. She had a huge heart and a great love for her family and friends. Her children’s friends loved her, and enjoyed spending time at their house and she loved them there, boys rough housing, and the girls sleep overs and dance/pajama parties. She made the kids cream cheese dip with lots of Pepsi! (Per her daughter’s best friend, and my God-Mother, Cheryl Masterson). As her children grew, married, and had children of their own, she stayed in touch and enjoyed every minute of time with her grandchildren, then great grandchildren. She helped take care of them, and keep them busy with extra-curricular activities. She also had no problem putting them to work and leading them by the ears when they were causing mischief. She would do anything she could for any one of us. She was also great about keeping in touch with and updating family with cards and letters, telling stories, and bringing us together whenever she could, usually with the great food she would cook. You wouldn’t go hungry visiting her. We are all thankful for her, were blessed to have had her in our lives, and will always have a great love and admiration for her.

Virginia was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and all 3 of her children. She leaves behind her sister, Evelyn, numerous nieces, nephews, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.

Services will be private with immediate family. Memorial donations may be made to her family, care of Tricia Edwards, at P. O. Box 50184, Casper, WY 82605. Virginia’s cremains will be buried next to her husband, as she wished, at Memorial Gardens in Casper, WY.