Obituaries: Holden, Wheeler, Ewalt

Gordon F Holden

Gordon F Holden was born in Casper, Wyoming  on December 1, 1930 to Roger and Edith Dunn Holden.  He grew up and continued to live in Casper. Wyoming was his home and he loved to share it with his family and friends. The outdoors called him and he enjoyed hunting and fishing throughout the state. 

He attended St Anthonys, NCHS and the University of Wyoming where he excelled in sports but majored in basketball.  During his Service in the US Army he continued his prowess on the court and played basketball while stationed in Alaska. 

He made a career as a machinist working  at Texaco refinery until its closing. He then worked at Amoco, retiring when they closed their doors. 
In 1971 he married Mary Runnion and they raised their two children, Wendy (Smith) and Erik.  He enjoyed his grandchildren, Kelly Smith, Kari (Smith) Bear and her husband Taylor, Samantha and Gannett Holden.
On April 2, 2019 he was welcomed into Heaven by his parents, brother Kenneth, sisters Patricia and Betty Lou, in-laws Bill and Margaret Runnion, and brother-in-law Fred Runnion.  

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A Funeral Mass will be held at St Patrick’s in Casper on Saturday April 13th at 9:30 am with Father Gary Ruzicka presiding.


June Ellen Wheeler passed away April 1, 2019 at Central Wyoming Hospice and Transitions after spending most of the day in the caring hands at Wyoming Medical Center. June was born June 2nd, 1921 in Crosby, Wyoming, to John (Scotty) and Anna (Bretthauer) Long. In 1934 the family moved to Riverton, Wyoming where she graduated high school then attended nursing school in Idaho becoming a Registered Nurse. She then joined the Army and as an Army nurse served in the Philippines during the last couple years of WWII. Returning home after the war she met and married the love of her life, Clair Wheeler. They bought a farm in Missouri Valley near Riverton and raised two daughters, Shelley and Bobbie Sue. They were married for 67 years.

June worked in Riverton hospital and was a school nurse in Riverton and Fort Washakie. They also lived in Shirley Basin, Glenrock, Stansbury Park, Utah and finally Casper. She was hard working, stood up for what she believed in and loved laughing and sharing good times with her friends and her sorority sisters of Beta Sigma Phi. She loved to golf and garden, and she loved Wyoming. When they traveled she often told people not to move here, they wouldn’t like it, when in fact she just didn’t want to share her beautiful state. 

She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, her husband’s parents, Charles and Grace Wheeler, one brother John (Jack) Long and his wife, Mildred Long, sister in law, June Marietta, brother in law Jack Marietta, brother in law John Hamilton, son in law Dennis Steinfeld, and great granddaughter, Alma Grace Steinfeld. She is survived by her daughters, Shelley Steinfeld of Glenrock, and Bobbie Van Houten and Loren Van Houten of Casper. She is also survived by her sister, Betty Hamilton, Texas, her brother Robert “Bob” (Joyce) Long, Colorado, and five grandchildren, Brad (Samantha) Steinfeld, Nichole (Dan) Ley, Jamie Steinfeld, Teri Ellis, Brandi (Chris) Byrnes, all of Casper. Plus five great grandchildren, Brandon, Ian, Lochlan, Abbott and Fallyn, and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives. June will be missed by all.

A Funeral Mass will be held 10:30 AM, Monday, April 8, 2019 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Casper. A Graveside Service will be held the following day at 1:00 PM, Tuesday, April 9, 2019 at Mountain View Cemetery in Riverton, Wyoming.


Arlene Ellen Ewalt, 87, of Casper, Wyoming formerly of Powell, WY, passed away Wednesday, March 27, 2019 at Shepherd of the Valley Healthcare Center in Casper. She was born on April 30, 1931 in Jud, ND to Arthur and Lena (Kalmbach) Podoll. Her father died when she was a young child and the family relocated to Powell, WY where her mom met and married her second dad, August Fetzer. Arlene attended 1st through 4th grade in Jud, ND and 5th through high school in Powell, WY. 

She married Kenneth Ewalt on December 16, 1951 in Powell and together they started their family in the Cody area. Arlene was a hard worker. As a youth she sorted beans at the Powell Bean Mill. In her working years she cleaned houses and laundered/ironed clothes for others. She had fond memories of working with her sister-in-law, Dorothy, at the Green Gables Inn in Cody, WY. She worked for the Powell School System, starting as a cafeteria cook and later on as a custodian. Following her retirement in 1989, she helped her husband, Kenneth, manage The Triangle Trailer Court in Powell.

Arlene loved the Lord and greatly enjoyed singing with her sister, Sharon, in the church choir. Arlene’s faith was very important to her. She was a life-long member of the Lutheran Church, attending in Cody, Powell and most recently in Casper. She was very proud to have been one of the charter members of the Christ the King Lutheran Church in Cody, WY. She had an unwavering faith in Jesus!

Her hobbies included painting, crocheting, drawing and sewing. Arlene had a passion for all flowers and plants, both indoors and out, and was known for her green thumb. In her free time, she loved to go fishing and camping with her family. Her greatest joy was her children, grandchildren and great grandson! She loved her siblings and friends. 

She is survived by her children, Arbie (Deb) Ewalt of Casper, WY and Lorinda (Michael) Bessler of Shoshoni, WY; grandchildren, Dustin (Christina) Ewalt of Casper, WY, Desaray Alcorn of Riverton, WY and Mikeal Bessler of Shoshoni, WY; great grandson, Tanner Ewalt of Casper, WY; siblings, Verna McCaffrey of Gravette, AK, Delbert (Sandi) Fetzer of Powell, WY, and Sharon (Bill) Christensen of Billings, MT; sisters-in-law, Jessie Fetzer of Powell, WY, Dorothy Podoll of Billings, MT, JoAnne Ewalt, of Snyder, TX, and Evelyn (Marvin) Berghorst of Riverton, WY; brother-in-law, John Rowland of Riverton, WY; as well as many nieces, nephews and other relatives. 

She was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth Ewalt; parents Arthur and Lena Podoll, and August Fetzer; and siblings, Floyd Podoll, Harold Fetzer, and Alice Connor.

Arlene’s family thanks the Staff of Garden Square Assisted Living and Shepherd of the Valley Healthcare Center of Casper, WY and her physicians for the loving care she received during her residence in Casper. 

A Memorial Service will be held Friday, April 12, 2019, 10:00 a.m. at the Immanuel Lutheran Church, 675 Avenue D, Powell, WY. Reception to follow at the church. Interment will be Friday, April 12, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. in Bull Creek Cemetery, Cody, WY.

Memorial donations may be made to your local Alzheimer-Dementia Caregivers Support Group.