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Obituaries: Mayer, Asbury, Miller

John Osborn Mayer

John Osborn Mayer passed away on May 5, 2019 in Casper, WY.

John was born on May 17, 1940 in Omaha, NE, the only child of John and Betty Mayer. The family moved to Casper, WY where he graduated from Natrona County High School, Casper College and the University of Wyoming. John married Carol Reckling in 1964 and the couple moved to the Washington DC area, and later lived near Philadelphia, PA. John served in the U.S. Army Reserve and completed his obligation. He worked in the aviation field for over 30 years, as a flight instructor, charter pilot, airmail pilot, and commercial airline pilot. He retired as a Captain with United Airlines on the B-737 and had logged more than 25,000 hours of flight time.

John was a member of the Air Line Pilots Association and was proud that he had the opportunity to fly for Pan American World Airlines. In addition to his love of flying, he enjoyed restoring vintage cars, going to car shows, Casper College basketball games, and British mysteries.

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He is survived by his wife of 55 years Carol, and his daughters Jennifer Mayer (Peter Queal), Greeley,CO; and Leslie Valente (Nick),& grandchildren James and Ella, Cheyenne; and sister in law Nancy Reckling, Longmont, CO. In lieu of flowers, those wishing to make a donation in his memory may choose the Natrona County Public Library Foundation or the Izaak Walton League, Casper Chapter.

At John’s request there is no formal funeral service but family and friends are invited to attend an open house at the Tate Pumphouse, 1775 West First Street, Casper on Thursday, May 23 between the hours of 12:00 and 2:00 pm.


Norman Paul Asbury

Norman Paul Asbury was born October 5, 1925 in Hoisington, KS to Edward Crockett Asbury and Theodosia Earnest Kirkpatrick. He died on May 2, 2019 at the age of 93 in Casper, WY. Norm grew up in Hoisington, KS, Battle Mountain, NV, and Salt Lake City, Utah as his dad was a railroad supervisor. 

Norm served in the US. Army during WWII and fought in the Battle of the Bulge in General Patton’s 3rd Army. He was in the infantry and walked across Belgium and into Germany. Norm was very proud of his military service. After WWII ended, Norm returned to Salt Lake City and married Karolyn Jensen in 1957. The family then moved to Casper and Norm adopted Kay’s two children. Norm and Kay had two more sons and later divorced. Norm worked as a TV repairman until he was recruited by Xerox Corp. in 1963. He was the first and only tech for Xerox in Wyoming at that time. After 28 years of service, he retired after receiving numerous awards and certifications.

Norm had a great sense of humor and always enjoyed a good laugh. Norm liked hunting, fishing, exploring Wyoming, reading, watching western movies, and a cold bottle of beer (or two) with family and friends.
He is survived by his companion Teresa Jones of Casper, daughter Jody VonSeggern of Casper, sons Tyler of Kaneohe, HI, Matthew of Phoenix, AZ, and Chris of Casper and 4 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his sister Eleanor Lattimore, and brothers Truman, Everett, Kenneth, and Stanley.

Norm lived at Mountain Plaza Assisted Living in Casper for the past year. The family would like to thank the wonderful staff there and also private caregivers for the care they gave Norm.

Any donations in honor of Norm can be made to The Wounded Warrior Project or The WWII Museum in Casper.
No services will be held at Norm’s request.


John Paul Miller

John Paul Miller, passed away peacefully on April 29, 2019 at UC Health, Anschutz Hospital in Aurora, Colorado following a brief illness. He was 50.

He was born March 10, 1969 in Casper, Wyoming to John C. and Kathleen Miller. John was reared and educated in Glenrock, Wyoming. He graduated in 1987 from Douglas High School and attended college at Casper College.

He had a passion for the restaurant business having grown up around the industry. This passion led him to owning and operating the Classic Café in Glenrock, WY and the West Side Café & Hotel in Casper, Wyoming. After selling his business in Casper he moved to Fort Collins, Colorado where he purchased rental properties. He restored and remodeled his current home and several of his other properties over the years. John quickly grew to love the Fort Collins area befriending many of his neighbors and contacts he made as he worked on the restoration and remodeling projects.

John was a savvy businessman, a talented gardener and had a knack for interior design. He was a phenomenal chef with the most delicious green chili recipe that others could not replicate, despite how hard they tried. He enjoyed spending time with the friends he made during weekly trivia and had a mind like a steel trap. He remembered dates, names, events, and even the most minor details which set him apart from others.

John was so very thoughtful of others which showed in his actions, words, and oftentimes special gifts he handpicked with the individual in mind. John never met a stranger and was one of the most kind, generous friends you could ever know. He was always genuinely concerned that others were taken care of. He was a loving son, nephew, brother, uncle, and friend and will be greatly missed.

John was preceded in death by his dad John C. Miller and his cousin Larry E. Miller. He is survived by his loving mother Kathy Miller of Glenrock, Wyoming, sister Wendy (Bob) Kaplan of Mesquite, Nevada, niece Nicole (Cale) , Ben & Lucy Ostermiller of Powell, Wyoming, nephew Kyle (Keely) Ensley, Luke & Max Haar of Douglas, Wyoming, Aunt Bonnie (Denny) , Uncles Steve, Leonard & Jerry, several cousins, his dear friend Emily Linaman & family, and his beloved rescue Scottie dog, Baxter.

Funeral Arrangements are being handled by Gorman Funeral Homes in Douglas, Wyoming.

A celebration of life will be held in July. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations in John’s name to Donate Life America, or the Casper Humane Society of Casper.