Obituaries: Windham, Mobley, Barlos, Apodaca, Tolman, Hamby, Gardner

Brian Leighton Windham

Brian Leighton Windham

March 17, 1971 – June 21, 2019

A memorial service for Brian Leighton Windham, 48, of Casper, will be held Thursday, July 11, at Faith Bible Chapel, 504 N. Forest Dr. Pastor Dale Fitzsimmons will officiate.

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Brian was born March 17, 1971, to Teddy and Mary Windham in Tupelo, Miss. He served in the U.S. Army’s Special Forces, which included a deployment to Korea.

He married Brandy Howell in 2007, and to the union were born Sarah, Brian, Jr., and Lily. In 2013 he married Robin Barrett, and with Robin welcomed into the family children William David, Elizabeth Ruth and Mark Jacob. The family made its home in Frannie, Wyo., until relocating to Robin’s hometown of Casper in 2018.

Brian was a brilliant welder and fabricator, and he could create virtually anything he set his mind to make. He was most recently employed by JB Machine & Manufacturing in Mills, Wyo. He was also known for his exceptional cooking, and his French fries were legendary. He also possessed a green thumb and his skills remain on display in the gardens of his family members.

He was a wonderful father and a loving husband who, though he had a huge heart, was a complicated man. He is now at peace.

Survivors include his wife and soul mate, Robin, the love of his life; his children, Sarah, Brian, Jr., Lily, David, Elizabeth and Mark, all of Casper; his parents; and sisters Tina (Al) Bernard of Lovell, Wyo., and Stephanie (John) Johnson of Hamilton, Miss.


Joyce T. Mobley

Joyce T. Mobley, 73, of Casper, Wyoming passed away on July 5, 2019 at her home surrounded by her loved ones. She was born in Casper on April 18, 1946 to John and Freda Heid.

Joyce grew up in Casper and on October 31, 1962 she married her high school sweetheart, Bill Mobley. Together they raised a family and she worked as a Realtor and co-owner of Mobley Co. Roofing. Joyce lived her life to the fullest and loved her family. She enjoyed spending time with family, fishing and going to car shows. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and aunt.

Joyce is survived by her husband of 56 years, Bill Mobley; daughter Joey Burke and husband Richard of Pinedale; granddaughter Heather Umbenhauer and grandson-in-law Damon Uleberg; grandson, Brendon Edinger; great grandson, Kendrick Young; Sister, Ann Bacus and husband John Keltz; brother, John Heid and wife Susan all of Casper; sister, Chris and husband Roger Swinney of Florida; nieces and nephews, Michelle Mobley of Colorado Springs, CO, Christie and Damon Anderson of Nokomis, FL, Annie and Dom Kennedy of Australia, Zabrina and Mark Stewart, Kimberly Heid, and Robynne Bacus of Casper; and brother in law, Bob Mobley and wife Rose of Idaho; as well as many other nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Joyce was preceded in death by her father and mother, John and Frieda Heid; mother and father-in-law, Irean and James Mobley; son Billy Mobley and daughter Cheryl Mobley.

Joyce was loved by so many and had an open door to anyone who needed it. A memorial service is being planned for a later date and will be announced.


Antonia Vlahogiannopulos Barlos

Antonia Vlahogiannopulos Barlos
Feb 10, 1925 – June 27, 2019
Antonia was born in Kokkinos, Greece in 1925. Growing into a woman with a sweet nature and a caring heart, she worked as an aide in various clinics in Kalamata, and in Athens she worked as a nanny for several high-ranking U.S. military families. 

She arrived in Casper in the 1960s, where she met her husband-to-be, Christos V. Barlos. For years they worked side by side in various business ventures, starting with a property on Durbin Street (the oldest standing structure in Casper – built in 1888) and expanding to several other properties around town, including the old Lavon Rooming House, which was on Durbin as well, and the Galley Motel on Center Street.

In later years, Antonia enjoyed going to church, taking care of the family properties on North Durbin, and being with friends and family, especially if babies, children or animals were around! Her face would light up, which in turn brought a smile to the faces of everyone who was lucky enough to know her. Her greatest joy in life was taking care of her grandchildren. Affectionately referred to as Toni or YiaYia, she was a fiercely caring mother and a devoted grandma. 

Antonia is preceded in death by her husband, Chris Barlos, her son-in-law Robert P. Garner, her parents, and her five siblings. She is survived by her only child, Nikki Barlos-Garner, her two loving, beautiful granddaughters: Christina Jean Barlos-Garner and Antonia Jean Barlos-Garner, a brother and sister and their families in Greece, and numerous cousins, nephews and nieces. 

Trisagion Service will be held at Bustard’s Funeral Home Tuesday, July 2nd at 7:00 PM. Funeral Service will be at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church at 11:30 AM, with interment and Meal of Mercy to follow.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be to Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church where a memorial fund has been established in her honor.
Everyone who knew YiaYia loved her. Family and friends know she has found the peace she deserves, and will carry her in their hearts forever.


Vincent A Apodaca

Vincent A Apodaca, age 59, died on Wednesday June 26th 2019. Vince was born to Mary Ann Apodaca and Remigio Duran on February 12th 1960. Raised by Mary Ann Apodaca in Cheyenne Wyoming.

He received his GED in the 1980’s. He was a really hard worker throughout his life. He was a fantastic father, a loving husband, great father in-law and a jokester.

On December 21st 2003, he married Cherica Weese. They had three beautiful girls together, Merissa Apodaca, Nevaeh Apodaca and Kitana Apodaca. Cherica had two girls from a previous relationship, Hariah Weese and RayAnn Weese. Vince had two children from his previous marriage, Vincent Apodaca Jr. and Brenda Apodaca.

He was loved by many. Missed by all but never forgotten.



 Vicki Darlene Tolman

Vicki Darlene Tolman’s soul passed peacefully from her body at the age of 60 in Casper Wyoming on the morning of June 28, 2019, while surrounded by her devoted family and caregivers. 

Vicki was born November 9, 1958 in Eureka California to Kathleen Elizabeth Tompkins and Delbert Henry Tompkins and grew up in Hyattville, Wyoming, the oldest of 5 children. 

She was born a natural caregiver, a soul that wore many hats. She would give the shirt off her back to any and all who asked, no matter the situation. Vicki became a wonderful cook and loved to share her knowledge and tricks she had learned over the many years of being a homemaker. For a few years, Vicki applied her love of food by working as the head cook at Senior Centers and helping care for the elders. She loved giving back and making others joyful through full stomachs and happy hearts. Another part she played was a rancher’s wife and made it clear that was her favorite character – not only was she caring towards people, but for all creatures did she have a place in her heart and home. The most important role Vicki had was not just being a big sister and a loving wife, but also being a loving mother to 4 children, grandmother to 12 grandchildren and a great-grandmother to many great-grandchildren. 

She is preceded in death by her parents and grandparents. 

Vicki is survived by her loving husband, Dan Tolman of Casper WY; son Jim Hill of Montrose CO, daughters Tina McMillen (Bruce) of Basin WY, Kristi Stevens of Basin WY and Carrie Frisbee of Eaton CO; 11 grandchildren and many great-grandchildren; sisters Toni Wyman (Stan) of Gillette WY, Kassi Draper (Stephen) of Douglas WY, brothers Wes Tompkins of Shelley ID, Tracy Murr (Margarite) of Casper WY and many nieces, nephews, cousins and extended family and friends.

Services are being held at Medicine Lodge State Archeological site (The State Place) in Hyattville Wyoming on Monday July 8th at 11 am. 

The family would like to thank the Kloefkorn Home for taking exceptional care of Vicki to make sure her last days were as comfortable and tranquil as possible. 


Robert Melvin “Bob” Hamby

Robert Melvin “Bob” Hamby

1944 – 2019

A Military Honor Service will be held at 10:00am, Monday, July 8, 2019 at Oregon Trail State Veterans Cemetery in Evansville, Wyoming. The family requests everyone dress casually. A full obituary will be available shortly.

John Richard Gardner

John Richard Gardner, 72, of Casper, Wyoming, passed away unexpectedly on July 1, 2019. 

He was born to parents Edward M. Gardner and Odella (Gabel) Gardner, on July 8, 1946 in Great Bend, Kansas.

He graduated from Natrona County High School in 1964 and went on to study briefly at Casper College before enlisting in the United States Air Force. 

John met his high school sweetheart, Judy Gardner (Noel) in 1963. They were married on December 28, 1968 in Casper, Wyoming, and celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary with family and friends this past December. Together they raised two children: Bryan Gardner of Austin, Texas, and Kelly Woody of Casper, Wyoming.

John was employed as Parts Manager and eventually Vice President of Power Service, Inc. where he retired after 34 years of service in 2005. 
He loved his family with all his heart, but coming in a close second were classic cars and the Casper College basketball and volleyball games. He was an avid fan of Rising Star Tumbling & Dance Studio and was the emcee at several recitals for over a decade. He was an honorary member of the Oil Capitol Auto Club and Casper College T-Bird Booster Club.

John is survived by his wife, Judy Gardner, son, Bryan Gardner (Armando Zambrano), daughter, Kelly Woody (Chad Woody), brother, Eddie Gardner (Vivian), brother-in-law, Chuck Smith; grandchildren, Destany Jaussaud and Dood Jaussaud, and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, sister, Connie Smith; in-laws, A.G. and Eloise Noel (Downing), brother in-law, Shane Noel, and step father-in-law, Pat Pettersen.

The family has entrusted Newcomer Funeral Home with the arrangements. A memorial service was held on Saturday, July 6 at 1:00 p.m. at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church and a reception following in the Fellowship Hall. Pastor Jo Ann Neal will officiate. Interment took place later at Oregon Trail Veterans Cemetery in Evansville, Wyoming.

Donations may be made to Central Wyoming Hospice, 319 Wilson St., Casper, Wyoming 82601 or to Pop in the Shop, 232 E. 2nd St. Suite 200, Casper, Wyoming 82601.