Obituaries: Gonzales, Booth, Mullen

Bennie Gonzales

Bennie Gonzales  06/23/1952-02/04/2019

He lost the battle to Cancer, he fought hard to be with his family. He made sure he let his family know how much he loved them.

Born in Casper WY to Joe and Alice, he was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Joe, son Steve, his grandparents and numerous family members.

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Survived by his wife Karen, Sons: Joedy,  Timothy, Daughters: Tonya LaPlatney, Jennifer Sullivan, Katrina Sauer, Tina Skowron, Grandchildren: Karmen, Kalia, Kameron , Kiala, Xian, Jace, Brianna, Teila, Tiyana, Jack, Jasper, Jolene, Kaiden, Ashten, Treyson, Andrew, Miche, Jaden, Great Grandchildren: Isiah, Taisa, Ozias, Sisters: Jane Quintana, Agnes Oldaker and Lisa Koch.

He attended schools in Casper and enlisted in the Army. He was proud to serve his county as an Airborne Ranger and was honorably discharged. Bennie worked at Casper Bakery with his uncle John Arellano as well as Coors Brewery, but his passion was his career in the Oil field.  He worked his way up through the oil field as a young man, he was a company man and a tool pusher.  Bennie worked for SST Drilling, Getty Oil, Laughlin Bros., Cactus Corp.; just to name a few.  Bennie was proud of the roll as the “boss”.

Bennie took care of his family and was always the working man, but he did enjoy his time off! Bennie worked hard and played harder! He loved his family, dancing, motor cycle riding, fishing, camping and playing pool.  He was not perfect, but he was LOVED.


Jacqueline (Jacque) M. Booth passed away peacefully on February 5, 2019. 

Jacque was born May 29, 1931 in Thermopolis, WY to Tom and Nellie Buchanan. She graduated from Thermopolis High School and attended the University of Wyoming, where she met her future husband, Elvin Booth. They married in Thermopolis and moved to his family ranch near Lander, WY where they built their home. Jacque and Elvin had 4 children; Patrice, Judy, Rance and Kristine. The family moved to Casper, WY in 1968. The couple enjoyed traveling the world together, but was always anxious to return to family and Wyoming.

Jacque was an avid painter, baker, seamstress, and gardener. She and Elvin enjoyed many summers in Pinedale where they had a second home which bordered the Bridger-Teton National Forest. She also loved the family get-away, the cabin on the North Fork of the Popo Agie River near Lander. She was always ready to go to the “Canyon” at a moment’s notice. 

Jacque is survived by her four children; Patrice Lichliter (Bill, deceased) Judy Booth, Rance Booth (Bert), and Kristine Thompson (Lloyd) and her seven grandchildren; Joshua Lichliter (Lisa), Crystal Howell (Marcus), Tye Booth, Sydney Ellbogen, Audrey Whited (Calvin), Michelle Booth, and Corey Ellbogen. She is also survived by five great grandchildren whom she loved dearly.

She is preceded in death by her husband Elvin, her parents and her four siblings Jean, Jim, Pat, and Richie.

A memorial service will be held on Monday, February 11, 2019 at 3pm at Highland Park Community Church. 

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Central Wyoming Hospice and Transitions.


Judy Lynn Mullen, 61 of Casper, passed on February 5, 2019. Judy was the eleventh of twelve children born to Celestina Archuleta, also of Casper, Wyoming and Mike Mullen, of Springfield, Missouri.

She was preceded in death by both parents, four siblings, and one grandchild, Jake’O Lee Perea.

She leaves behind two daughters, Shawna Rae Hodges of Jacksonville, Florida and Ashley Janele Hodges of Casper, Wyoming; as well as Daniel Lee Hodges, father of her children and the love of her life. She also has three grandchildren, Rhiley Taiven Anderson, Priest Scotty Perea and Craig Daniel Jay Perea.

Judy was retired from the Department of Social Services as a social worker. Her career was only a small part of the way she enjoyed helping people. She was always willing to listen to anyone who needed a shoulder to cry on. She loved her family with her whole heart and her grandchildren most of all.

She enjoyed dancing, scrapbooking, shopping and spending time with loved ones. She had a sense of humor that was unmatched by anyone. She would say and do anything just to make you smile. She reveled in the shock on faces when she did something unexpected.

She was a light in this world with a heart of gold. We will miss her.