Alo Jean Kandt was born September 7, 1935, in Lander, Wyoming. She was the daughter of Daniel and Alo (Jones) Fossey. She attended Lander Grade School and graduated as the valedictorian from Fremont County High School in 1953. On July 25, 1953, she married Elmer Kandt. They moved to Casper in 1956. She was a medical transcriptionist for Casper Radiology for five years and at Casper Orthopedics for 17 years before retiring in 1995. She was a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church where where she served on the parish council, the music ministry, St. Anne’s Circle, and was a lector at mass. She served as president of various organizations: St. Patrick’s Council of Catholic Women, Bishop’s Guild, and Wyoming Beginning Experience. She was also active in RSVP, Wyoming Medical Center Auxiliary, Casper Civic Chorale, Stage III Theater, Wyoming Repertory Company, the Meadowlarks, and the Fine Arts Club.
She enjoyed singing, acting, and making people laugh. Even after moving into Garden Square Assisted living because of health issues, she continued entertaining and bringing joy and kindness to those around her. When she moved to Life Care because of worsening health, to cheer her up, her daughter Laurie made her a sign with a quote from the movie The Help: “You is kind. You is smart. You is important.” Alo Jean was all of those things: kind, smart, and important to all of those who knew and loved her.
She was preceded in death by her parents, six brothers (Daniel, Baby Boy, Leslie, David, John, and Paul), one sister Anna Goble, and her former husband and friend Elmer Kandt. Survivors include her children Gregory Kandt (Pamela) and Lisa Smith (Ernie) of Casper; Laurie Sponsler (Mike) of McDonough, GA; Mark Kandt of Temecula, CA; brother Wilson Fossey of Greeley, CO; sister Laurie Smith of Langley, WA; six granddaughters; one grandson; five great-grandsons and one great-granddaughter.
Newcomer Family Funeral Home of Casper has been entrusted with arrangements. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Anthony’s Tri-Parish School, Central Wyoming Hospice, or the Blue Envelope Health Fund.
Randall “Randy” James Holmes 1953-2019
Randy was born August 8, 1953 in Newcastle, Wyoming to James S. and Ardith E. (Symonds) Holmes. He was employed at Wotco, Pathfinder Mines in Shirley Basin, NOWCAP, and several other jobs until an accident that left him disabled.
In addition to his father, Randy was preceded in death by a granddaughter. He is survived by his mother, brothers Ronald (Jari) and Rick (Carol), daughters Zabrina, Doral, and Moriah (Jake) and seven grandchildren; Chance, Cordia, Jurnee, Trace, Jonathan, Kaiden and Liam. He is also survived by two nieces, Christina (Bob), Jayme (Cory) and their families, numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.
Randy enjoyed fishing, hunting, riding motorcycles, and reading.
A Celebration of the Life of Randy will be held on March 30th, 2 pm at Newcomer Funeral Home 710 East Second Street.
Joseph Lehane Voelker, age 89, of Casper, passed away March 22, 2019 at Wyoming Medical Center. Joe was born on June 17, 1929 in Denver, Colorado to Joseph Voelker and Lola Comstock. Joe was adopted by Christian and Elsie (Hall) Voelker. Joe served in the military for more than 29 years. Joe retired from Coliseum Motors in 1991, as an automotive mechanic after many years of service. Joe enjoyed playing the organ and several other instruments. Joe was an avid camper and fisherman. Joe had a wonderful sense of humor and was a master teller of tales.
Joe was preceded in death by his parents, daughter, Deni Lee Voelker, and his siblings. He is survived by his loving wife of 43 years, Virginia “Jenny” Voelker, Daughter, Teri Voelker, Daughter, Tami Voelker, Son, Tony (Kim) Voelker, Daughter, Tina (Tim) Rudderow, step-daughter, Deanna (Ron)Aylor, step-son, Mark Brumley, 16 Grandchildren,18 Great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.
A Celebration of Life with Military Honors will be held at 11:00am, Wednesday, March 27, 2019 at Oregon Trail State Veteran’s Cemetery in Evansville, Wyoming.
Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice in Joe’s memory.