Former Casper resident William “Bill” F. Knapp passed away on November 8, 2018, in Las Vegas, Nevada. A memorial service will be held at the Oregon Trail State Veterans Cemetery in Evansville at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, May 17, 2019.
Bill was born June 28, 1922, in Howell, Michigan, to Don E. and Helen E. (Hager) Knapp. He was raised In Howell and graduated from Howell High School. He married Thelma Spencer in Lansing, Michigan, in 1943. They had four children, William Jr. (Rick), Nikki, Don, and Ronald. He subsequently married Betty Dennis in Covington, Kentucky. They had a daughter, Sheila. During the 1960s, he married Marilyn Newby in Denver. They had a daughter, Christina. They divorced in 1970.
Bill enlisted in the U.S. Army in October 1942. He was a paratrooper serving with the 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment of the 82nd Airborne Division. He jumped into combat in Normandy in advance of the D-Day invasion and in Nijmegen, Holland, during Operation Market Garden. He earned a battlefield commission as a 2nd Lieutenant during the latter. He also fought in the Battle of the Bulge in Belgium for which he was awarded the Bronze Star and a Purple Heart. He and his regiment became part of General Eisenhower’s color guard in liberated France, at which point he rose to the rank of 1st Lieutenant.
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Bill served nine years in the Army. After he left military service, he worked and competed as a professional ice and roller skater and skating rink manager. He also worked as a traveling salesman and sales manager, primarily in western Colorado. During the early 1960s, he became a co-owner and manager of a motel and restaurant in Lander, Wyoming, and President of the Lander Chamber of Commerce. In 1965, he became owner and manager of the Sunrise Standard service station in Casper, Wyoming.
Bill married Sandy (Shafer) McNees i n Casper in 1970. After their wedding, they moved to Colorado, where they lived until 2000, when they moved to Las Vegas, Nevada. From 1970 to 1986, Bill managed service stations in Colorado Springs and Denver. In 1986, he retired to help Sandy run her home cleaning business. After moving to Las Vegas, Bill worked at an auto parts dealer before finally retiring for good in his late 80s. Sandy preceded him in death in 2011. During the latter years of his life, Bill became close friends with Eileen “Em” Stempin, who compiled a book of letters, documents, and remembrances from his time serving in World War II.
Sherry Anna Schall, 74, of Casper passed peacefully on May 7, 2019 at Wyoming Medical Center, surrounded by her family.
Sherry was born in Cody Wyoming on February 8, 1945 to Orval W. and Mary Kludy (Bentley). She was raised and educated in Casper.
In 1961 she married Eugene Vincent Schall. Together they had 4 children and raised their family in Casper, Bairoil and Rawlins. The couple later divorced in 1978, but always remained great friends, chatting weekly on the phone.
Sherry worked at Wyoming Medical Center for 25 years, then continued working for Dr. Tobin at Rocky Mountain Oncology, where she retired in 2010.
She loved spending time with family, babying the family dogs, playing gin rummy, eating delicious foods, feeding the squirrels in her back yard, listening to Vince Gill music and most of all playing slot machines.
She was an exceptional cook that could create amazing comfort foods out of minimal ingredients. Most of which were bought on sale or with a coupon.
Her soups and homemade gravy’s were outstanding!
She is survived by her sister Gloria Suba, daughter Debra Gibson (Dick), sons Steven Schall (Jennifer) and John Schall (Doreen), 5 grandchildren, Donavan Gibson, Dustin Wajenberg, David, Cameron, and Colton Schall, 4 great grandchildren, and ex-husband Vince Schall.
She was proceeded in death by her son Ricky, her parents, her grandparents and brother Orval O. Kludy.
At her request no formal services will be held.