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Obituaries: Jackson, Weiss, Carter

John Michael Jackson

John Michael Jackson passed away at age 45 on June 8, 2019, in Amman, Jordan, where he worked  for the State Department at the American Embassy.Born in Casper, Wyoming, on October 5th, 1973, John is the oldest son of John M. and Marva Ann (Tanner) Jackson. He attended Casper schools, graduating from Natrona County High School in 1992 and continuing at Casper College and the University of Wyoming in Casper.

John’s passion for computers started at a young age and, after selling computers and peripheral equipment for Radio Shack while still a teenager, he launched a long career in computer networking and security.  After working for State of Wyoming at the Dept. of Employment, he worked for several years in the IT Department at the Wyoming Medical Center  before initiating a career with the US State Department in March 2004, where he was sworn into the Foreign Service by Collin Powell, U.S. Secretary of State.

John’s first trip overseas was a three-week trip to Brazil with his brother, Ryan, where that he met his future wife, Karin Cecilia Zech of Rio de Janeiro.  They were married on July 6, 2002 in Idaho Falls, Idaho.  Three sons were born to this union: Ethan Haden (2006), Benjamin Michael (2010), and Robert Edward (2012).  Spending time with his sons meant more than anything to John, and he treasured the special experiences they shared in the remote parts of the world where his State Department job took him – including Rwanda, Paraguay, South Africa, Sudan, and Jordan.

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Preceding him in death are three grandparents.  Besides his wife and sons, John is survived by both of his parents, a grandfather, Loyd Tanner of Casper, two brothers–Brandon Jackson of Casper, and Dr. Ryan Jackson, presently residing in Curaçao, and a sister Sarah Annena Langton (husband Ryan) of Layton, Utah.

With his kind heart and quick wit, John will be missed many around the world.

 The funeral service will be held at 10:00 am on Thursday, June 20th, at the Casper Stake Center (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) located at 3931 West 45th Street in Casper, Wyoming. Viewing will take place between 9:00-9:45 am, just before the funeral service between 9:00-9:45 am. Burial will take place at the Highland Park Cemetery.


Carlene Adele Weiss, age 84, of Casper, passed away June 15, 2019 at Central Wyoming Hospice following a short illness. Carlene was born March 6, 1935 in Worland, Wyoming to Carl and Echo (Sweet) Pickett. She was the youngest of six children and the only daughter. She grew up in and around Ten Sleep, Wyoming. She was married to Richard Shumaker and had two children, Gloria “Jean” and Alan, and later got divorced and met and married Emmett “Lee” Weiss. He had two children that she accepted and loved as her own, Ronald and Sandra. 

She attended beauty school and got her cosmetologist license and continued practice on her friends and family inside of her home for many years. She worked for the School District in the cafeteria at Dean Morgan for 28 years before retiring. She was very sociable and dedicated to her family. She loved to travel and see places but loved Wyoming, and was always happy to return home. 

Carlene was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Emmett “Lee” Weiss, five brothers, daughter, Gloria “Jean”, step-son, Ronald, granddaughter, Rhonda, grandson, Eric, and great-granddaughter, Gabriella. She is survived by her son, Alan Shumaker, of Ten Sleep, WY, step-daughter, Sandra Hardee, from Lakeland, FL, granddaughters, Mykael (Shawn) Graham, of Casper, WY, Jennifer (Rob) Minor, of Grapevine, TX, Kristina McDougall of Lubbock, TX, Amy (Brent) Anderson, of Moorcroft, Wyoming, Angela (John) Smith, of Central Hills, FL, Tina (Wayne) Van Leuven, of Rigby, ID; grandsons, Camaron Weiss, of Sheridan, WY, Nathaniel (Heather) Shumaker, of Portland, OR, Matthew (Kayla) Shumaker of Vancouver, WA, 34 great-grandchildren, 4 great-great grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.

A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 am, Friday, June 21, 2019 at Newcomer Casper Chapel. 


Memorial Services for Verla A. Carter, R.N., age 85, will be held Friday, July 19, 2019 at 10:00 am at the First United Methodist Church in Casper. Cremation has taken place under the direction of Newcomer Casper Chapel.

Miss Carter died peacefully on December 16, 2018 at Central Wyoming Hospice. She was born December 31, 1932, the third daughter of Floyd Hayes and Margaret Eissler Hayes. She graduated from NCHS in 1951, Casper College in 1953, and completed a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Wyoming in the summer of 1954 as a member of the first class to graduate from the University of Wyoming’s baccalaureate nursing program. After working as a Registed Nurse in Casper and Boise, Idaho, she returned to school and completed a Master’s of Science Degree in Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing in 1963 at U.C.L.A. Following that she returned to Wyoming and worked at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Sheridan, then worked at the Wyoming State Hospital in Evanston for 15 plus years. 

In 1979, Miss Carter returned to Casper and the joined the nursing faculty at Casper College. She retired from teaching in 1994 but then continued to work half-time through 1995. 

In addition to her long nursing career, Miss Carter enjoyed reading, sewing, knitting, writing poetry, travelling, and spending time with her family, friends and her pets. She was also an active member of the First United Methodist Church in Casper up until the time of her death. 

Miss Carter is survived by one sister, Vera E. Scarr, her twin, and one brother, Jack Carter, of Hoodsport, Washington, and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her father and maternal grandparents. 

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Casper College scholarship fund, Central Wyoming Hospice, First United Methodist Church, or a charity of the donor’s choice would be appreciated. 

Burial will be in Highland Cemetery of Casper.