Raymond John Toups Sr., age 93, passed to his final resting place on June 6, 2019. He died at Central Wyoming Hospice surrounded by his sons & daughter. He was born in Luling LA, on November 24, 1925, and spent most of his growing years in Texas City, Texas.
He joined the navy at the age of 18 and served on the USS Oakland CL95 which provided anti-enemy aircraft support for US Carriers from 1942-1945. He was involved in the major battles in the South Pacific, at Iwo Jima, Leyte Gulf, Guadalcanal, Saipan, and Tienim-Guam among others.
After his honorable discharge, Ray graduated from Arkansas A & M with a B.S. in Petroleum Engineering. He was employed as a petroleum engineer for the Federal Dept of Defense. He met and married Floye Jean Matthews in 1948 in Texas City. They raised 6 children. In that time the family moved to TX, KS, OK, WY, Italy, Thailand and 2 assignments in Bermuda. After each tour, they came back to Wyoming; Newcastle, Cheyenne, Casper, where they retired and settled.
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Always the adventurer, Ray took his family on many foreign excursions, giving them a fantastic life of memories. He was a “tough love” father, instilling integrity, honesty, honor and a work ethic in his children.
He was a competitive chess player throughout his life and taught others to play; he played tennis and ping pong; was a youth baseball coach; and he was a Boy Scout Master for years.
Ray was preceded in death by his wife, Jean, in 2005, daughter Tracie Olson & grandson Jacob Olson. He is survived by his daughters Shelly Coddington (Ron) of North Carolina; Terry Gallagher (Patrick) of Casper, sons ‘Pete’ Raymond John Jr. (Christy), Stephen Toups (Cathy), Joseph Toups (Carol), all of Casper. He leaves behind numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren and friends.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to be made to Central Wyoming Hospice.
A Funeral Mass will be held at 1:00pm, Thursday, June 13, 2019 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church. A committal service and military honors will follow at Oregon Trail State Veterans Cemetery in Evansville, Wyoming. The church is hosting a late lunch for guests around 3:30 at St. Patrick’s Hall.
On June 5, 2019, William J. “Bill” Crouch died peacefully, surrounded by family at the age of 92. Bill was born in LaJunta, Colorado to William and Alpha Crouch. In his youth, he earned Eagle Scout status and danced with the LaJunta Koshares and traveled with them to numerous reservations to learn authentic dances. At 17, he enlisted in the Navy and served in the South Pacific during World War II. Upon his return, he played football at the Colorado School of Mines and finished his degree in petroleum engineering at the University of Tulsa.
He married Marjorie Frances Rolander in 1950, and they relocated to Casper, Wyoming, where they raised seven daughters and he worked as an oil and gas consultant. He served on the Oil and Gas Commission for several years and as the president of the Casper Petroleum Club. Playing in the Wildcatters Golf Tournament and helping with a 4-H horse program were highlights of every summer. For many years, he led the St. Patrick’s Boy Scout Troup and drove for Meals on Wheels.
Bill was preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Elizabeth Arment; his son-in-law, Doug Sutton; and great-granddaughter, AnnElise Huff-Perrine. He is survived by his wife and his daughters, Kathy Huff (Wayne), Mary Sutton (Doug), Susan Londe (Mike), Janet Wragge (Walt), Patti Cook (David), Carolyn Jacobs (Marvin), and Frances Crouch (Kin Snyder). He was the proud grandfather to eighteen grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at 1:00 on Tuesday, June 11th at St. Anthony’s Church, and he’ll be interred at Oregon Trail Veteran’s Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Casper Humane Society or Central Wyoming Hospice, who provided deeply appreciated care during Bill’s final days. The family also wishes to express their tremendous thanks to the staff at Meadow Winds Assisted Living Center and the St. Patrick’s communion outreach.
Irene Miriam Stark
Everyone who knew and loved Irene called her Nanny.
Nanny was born February 19, 1921 in Birmingham, England to William and Kate Kemp.
While serving in the Women’s Land Army during World War II, Nan met Edwin Stark who was serving in the US Army with the Military Police. They were married September 22, 1945. When the war was over, Nan left her home in England and traveled all the way to Wyoming to be with Ed. They lived at Pump Station 3 in Baroil, WY where she became the camp cook and learned to be one of the best bakers there is. They endured the winter of ‘49 while in Baroil as well. In 1951 Nan became a US Citizen. Ed and Nanny settled in Casper, where they raised their four children.
Despite her small stature, everyone knew whatever Nan said, you did. She loved all children and always had an open door to anyone. You would be hard pressed to find someone without a fond memory of her cinnamon rolls, pies, or brownies. Donut Day was always a favorite after school treat. Throughout the years she became a mother and nanny to far more people than those related to her by blood. Whether you walked on two legs or four, she always took in strays.
Nan taught us all what a gift life is and truly lived each day to the fullest. She loved flowers and spent hours tending her garden. The greatest joy of her life was her family.
She is preceded in death by her parents, four sisters, husband and one grandson.
She is survived by her youngest brother John (Mandy) of England, daughter Pat, daughter Carol (Dennis), son Rob, son Mike (Nikkie), eight grandchildren, and 15 great-grandchildren plus extended family at home in England.
Services for Nanny will be at the Oregon Trail Veterans Cemetery in Evansville, WY on Monday June 10 at 1000. Reception to follow at her house, 2521 Belmont Road. She was dearly loved by all of her family and will be greatly missed.