Obituaries: Berry, Jacob, Wise

Jack Dunkin Berry

Casper — Jack Dunkin Berry, 73, of Casper passed away May 22, 2019. He was born to Cleo B. Berry and Jack G. Berry, November 28, 1945 in Douglas, Wyoming. Jack’s boyhood was spent in Sheridan and Cheyenne before moving to Casper in middle school. Jack attended Natrona County High School where he participated in track, wrestling and was a hero on the football field. After graduating in 1965, Jack joined the United States Marine Corps and served two tours in Viet Nam. In May 1967, Jack was awarded the Naval Commendation Medal with Combat V, “for meritorious service while serving as a Squad Leader, participating in eleven major operations and leading over 200 combat patrols and ambushes against the enemy”. He was named Marine of the Month in May 1968. Jack achieved the rank of Staff Sergeant E-6 before being honorably discharged in 1971. Following his discharge he served on the Santa Anna Police Force for two years before returning to Casper.

Back home, Jack jumped into civilian life; serving as President of Multipurpose Development Center (Casper Events Center); Casper Chamber of Commerce Committeeman of the Year; Vice President Security Bank and Trust Co and 1977 Boss of the Year; Vice President of Marketing and Personnel, First Wyoming Bank and many other community projects.

In January 1979, Jack left his position at First Wyoming Bank, to be the State Director/Wyoming Representative for Congressman Dick Cheney. Jack had great admiration for Representative Cheney and enjoyed traveling with and working for him. After five years, Jack resigned as Congressman Cheney’s representative. 

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Jack was blessed with two beautiful children, Shannon and Dave, with his first wife Barbara Adams and wanted to see more of their activities. As a loyal NCHS alum, he looked forward to seeing them experience their high school years. Jack worked in hospitality for a few years before finding his niche in real estate. He was President of the Casper Board of Realtors and State Director of Wyoming Realtors. 

In 1989 friends introduced him to Sharon Bone “the love of his life and soul mate”. A year later on July 14, 1990, Jack and Sharon were married at the Alcova marina where they met, and he gained two more amazing children, Stacy and Cary. The lake was their favorite destination, spending time boating, skiing and fishing. Fittingly, they celebrated their 25th Anniversary, July 14, 2015 at the marina. 

Jack is survived by his wife, Sharon; daughter Shannon Orr (Jim), son Dave Berry, step-son Cary Bone (Genia), step-daughter Stacy Nelson (Bob); sister Barbara Bartels (Dale); Nine Grandchildren: Matt Orr (Ally), Justin Orr (Acacia), Allie Orr, Jada Berry, Cooper Berry, Trevor Bone, Austin Bone, Jadyn Nelson, and Brendyn Nelson; Three Great-grandchildren: Hunter Orr, Breckyn Orr and Harper Orr.
Jack was a man of character and a proud Marine. Most of all, he will always be remembered as a loving husband, father, grandfather and brother, who added light and laughter to all who knew him. 

Military services will be held at 1:30 Thursday, May 30 at the Oregon Trail Veterans Cemetery, followed by a reception at Bustard’s Funeral Home.


Christopher Ryan Jacob died in the late evening hours on May 20, 2019 in Casper, WY.

He was born on February 8, 1993 to Michelle Wheeler and Ryan Jacob. He attended schools in Casper and Buffalo and schools in Washington and Montana. He is survived by his mother Michelle and step-father Martin Martinez; his father Ryan and step-mother Michelle Jacob; his sister Rayne Jacob; three step-brothers Martin Martinez Jr, Drew Crimm, and Dakota Merrill; grandparents Shirley Jacob, Beverly Wheeler, and Wayne Wheeler.

Chris loved his family and valued his friends. He enjoyed the outdoors, the mountains, the lakes, and the canyons. He had many talents, but his main interest was anything with wheels. As a child he rode his bicycle on dirt bike tracks, city and ranch roads. As a young adult, he graduated to motorcycles and cars – which he had the bodywork talent to customize, and the motivation to race. Always in motion, that was Chris.

Now Chris, finally, is at rest, and I hold him close within me. Please hold him close, as I do, in your mind and in your spirit. Chris was smart, resourceful, ambitious, and determined. Remember the meaning of this tragedy, and let us find and encourage within ourselves, within our society, those gifts that make each of us special: not star power, not intellectual prowess, not financial success, but the extraordinary beauty of the simple human heart. Because that’s how Chris would have wanted it.

At a private committal service, his ashes will be scattered on land he loved. A public celebration of his life will be held later this summer on Casper Mountain. Condolences can be sent to Ryan Jacob at 118 Patch Road, Buffalo, WY or Michelle Martinez in care of Bustard’s Funeral Home in Casper. Memorial donations may be given in Christopher’s name to www.norml.org, an organization dedicated to changing the laws that led to this and so many other senseless tragedies.


Fredrick Stephen “Fred” Wise

Fredrick Stephen “Fred” Wise, 67, passed away peacefully at Central Wyoming Hospice on May 21, 2019.

Fred was born August 22, 1951 in Riverton, WY where he grew up. He was enlisted in the Army in 1970 and was sent to serve in the Vietnam War. After serving he returned to Riverton, WY where he met his wife of 40
years, Carolyn Kay Callahan. Fred worked most of his life in the oilfield and drove commercial trucks.

He enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, and driving his ATV. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and brother, and he will be remembered dearly. He was proceeded in death by his parents, his beloved 
wife, and two sisters. He is survived by his two daughters, Nicole Lewis (Wise) and Stephanie Wise, his two granddaughters, Hali Wise, and Madison Lewis, his son-in-law, Brian Lewis, his brother, Dave Wise, 
two sisters, and many good friends. 

Memorial contributions can be made to Central Wyoming Hospice.