Obituaries: Lukenbach, Albin, Fender

Jacob Lukenbach

Jacob Lukenbach left the world to be with his mother, Nancy (Lukenbach) Price and the angels on March 13, 2019. Jacob was born in Billings, MT on February 27, 1998. Jacob grew up in Billings, MT until after his mother’s death. He then moved to Casper, WY in 2013 to live with his uncle and aunt, James and Angelene Lukenbach. 

He loved playing football, snowboarding and bullriding. He loved spending time with his friends, especially when he could go out to the country to a friends ranch. His girlfriend Macey Parmely was the light of his life.

He is survived by his father, Troy Rowe, 4 brothers and 3 sisters, he also has many family and friends that will miss him greatly. 

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Jacala Mae Albin, “Kay” 76, died peacefully in the early morning of February 22, 2019 at Wyoming Central Hospice surrounded by family. Kay was born September 23, 1942 in Clovis New Mexico to Raymond and Izeta Chism and grew up in Dimmitt Texas with her brother and sister, RC and Melba. 

She was preceded in death by her parents and brother, husband Frank, granddaughter Farrah Nelson, grandson Zachary Katzenmeyer, daughter-in-law Shelly Lenz, as well as her beloved Maltese dogs Mia and Makala. She leaves behind 11 grandchildren (Kenny, Jackie, Christina, Jessica, Eric, Holden, Kennedy, Johnathon, Zayne, Jerry and Kendra)–and 21 great grandchildren.

After high school, she married Frank Lenz and began life as an Army wife. Together they raised 4 children; Beverly Rosen (Joe) of Casper Wyoming, Kim Goodwin (Bo Bath) of Waco Kentucky, Kirk Lenz (Shelly-deceased) of Thornton Colorado and Rena Williams (Darrell) of Lake Charles LA. They also cared for and raised several foster children including their adopted daughter, Glenee Lenz of Casper Wyoming. During this time, she attended Cosmetology School and went on to manage the May D & F Salon in Cherry Creek. She was also active in the PTA and Modern Homemakers EHU.

After Frank passed, she married Jerry Albin and lived in Seattle where she continued her Cosmetology career. Kay became one of the exclusive hair stylists for many Seattle Seahawk players and their families. Jerry and Kay went on to live in many areas of the country including Las Vegas, Texas, Florida and finally, Casper Wyoming. 

Kay, always a hospitable sweet southern Texan, enjoyed travel, arts and crafts, and cooking–but she was especially passionate about children and animals. She and Frank in the 1970’s were the first to get the Adams County School District in Denver to mainstream special needs children in public schools. And in Seattle, Kay worked as a probation officer for teens and a child advocate for the State of Washington. Kay enjoyed her affection for animals while working at a Veterinarian’s clinic in Las Vegas.

Our family would especially like to thank Rachel and Joyia Clark, the wonderful RN’s at Rocky Mountain Oncology as well as Susie Holladay and all the ladies of Kay’s sorority–Beta Sigma Phi—Laureate Lambda PI–Chapter 1388 for their gracious help with Kay during her last few months of life. 

Her vibrant personality, quick wit, and especially her big heart, will be greatly missed by everyone who knew her.

A Celebration of Life will be held for Kay at 10 am on May 4th at Highlands Park Community Church in Casper Wyoming with a luncheon reception to follow.


Esther Louise Fender, 88, of Casper passed away March 14, 2019 at Kloefkorn Hospice. Esther was born Dec. 12, 1930 to George Walter Wisdom and Esther Louise Boyd Wisdom. 

Esther graduated from Littleton High School in 1948. She lived with her grandmother Boyd in Englewood during grade school, returning to her parents on the Ken Caryl Ranch to finish school. 

Esther was an accomplished horsewoman assisting her father on the Ranch. She met her future husband Ernest Fender at a community dance in the canyon hall and after a “Black Jelly Bean” escapade, they married 10-10-49. Their “Huntymoon” was spent with male in-laws hunting elk. Esther was allowed to hold HER horses tail to be pulled up the mountain. The “Huntymoon” cured her of big game hunting forever. She did get 1 cottontail to contribute when family hunted small game years later. 

Esther was very active in the Presbyterian Church serving in the choir and as a Deacon. She was the “Queen Bee” of the Busy Bee’s at Winter Memorial Church. She loved bowling and playing/coaching women’s softball. She was a life member in the VFW Aux. and State Commander of the DAV. She and Ernest volunteered with both Sheridan and Cheyenne VA’s. They donated hundreds of pies for the “Pie and Plant Sale”. 

Esther was lovingly known as “Hurricane Esther” by her family. She was also known as “lead foot” when driving her numerous Cadis. Her family, especially the Grandchildren were her life.

Esther is survived by Daughter, Cheryl Ackerley of Cheyenne, Sons Norman (Janis) of Wright and Edwin (Samantha) of Casper; Grandchildren; Jim Muir, Angela (Jim) Berry, Judi Ackerley, Michael Fender, Teresa Fender, Katherine (Blaine) McMurtrey, Moriah Flores, Loren Fender, Andrew Wilson, Great Grandchildren; Bridger Berry, Chance Ackerley, Kegan Berry, Jayce Berry, Kaya Fender, Lucy Durdahl Fender, Lila Fender, Carmella and Camden Wilson, Arya Fender and Ashton McMurtrey, Sister Daisy Shrock and brother-in-law Ed Fender, along with many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, Sons David and Ernest Jr., Grandson Gregory and by her parents.

A Celebration of Life will be held March 23, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. at the Newcomer Casper Chapel with interment at the Oregon Trail State Veterans Cemetery at a later date. 

In lieu of flowers, donations to Central Wyoming Hospice, Cheyenne VA or Shriners Childrens Hospital are appreciated. 

The family will receive friends at the VFW hall at 1800 Bryan Stock Trail at Noon following the service.