Obituaries: Lewis, Johnson, Farleigh

Tamira Louise Lewis

Tamira Louise Lewis was born on December 8, 1989 in Chicago, Illinois. She was the third child. Tamira has seven siblings and she spent a lot of time on the south side of Chicago growing up with her grandmother. Tamira also attended school in Rockford, Illinois. She enjoyed cooking and aspired to be a professional chef. She also enjoyed singing, dancing, and painting. She attended church at Rock of Ages here in Casper, Wyoming and she did receive Christ as her Lord and Savior at a very early age.

Tamira is survived by her mother, Louise Wingrove, stepfather Eric Wingrove, grandfather Michael Driver, sisters; Leah Lewis, Yolanda Williams, Anna Wingrove Demarin, and brothers; Ricky Wingrove, Joshua Wingrove, David Wingrove, Elisha Wingrove. She is also survived by one niece Jayla Quinn, five nephews; Sheldon Iashley, Troy Randle, and Samuel, Anthony, and Christopher Demarin, as well as a host of uncles, aunts, and cousins. 

Tamira is preceded in death by grandmother Yolanda Louise Lewis, great grandmother Louise Green, great grandfather George Green, uncle Ricky Lewis, and great aunt Carolyn Green. 

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LaDonna Jean Johnson

On July 8th, 2019, LaDonna Jean Johnson, mother of two daughters and four grandchildren passed away at the age of 70. Born March 25th, 1949 in Detroit Lakes, MN.

LaDonna married Russell Eugene Johnson on July 27th, 1968 who passed away Jan 16th 2016. They raised two daughters, Dana and Lara. She worked for the State of Wyoming before following Russell across the world. Her interests included travelling, music and spending time with her husband. Her greatest joy was being with friends and living life on her terms. While she will be dearly missed, her last prayer has been answered and she has been re-united with her greatest love, Russell.
LaDonna is survived by her daughters, Dana Bower and Lara Taylor, her sisters Linda Tholkes, Wendy Steigle, Terri Hennis and her grandchildren, Bill Newman, Tanner Bower, Dakota Taylor and Payton Taylor.


Bill Dean Farleigh

Bill Dean Farleigh passed away on July 6, 2019 at Central Wyoming Hospice after a long illness. He was 86 years old. Bill was born on August 15, 1932 in Noble, Illinois to Edward (Smod) and Helen Farleigh. He graduated from high school there in 1950.

In 1951 Bill became a Scout for Pure Oil Company in the Illinois and Kentucky basins. He was promoted to Landman when the company became Union Oil Company of California. He was transferred to Durango, Colorado, and then to Casper, Wyoming, where he met the love of his life, Gaye Ann Ellison in Casper. In 1971 they joyfully adopted their only child, Suzanna.
In 1974 Bill started his own company, Taurus Corporation, with the help of his mentor, Jack Ellbogen. After four years he transferred the majority of the company’s oil and gas leases to the Exxon Corporation. A year later he created Moxa Energy Corporation. Moxa was later sold, and Bill started Farleigh Oil Properties, which survives him. In 2008 Bill purchased Echo Mountain Ranch, located south of Glenrock. He was passionate about the beauty of the environment. He began breeding Gypsy Vanner horses, working towards a Grand Champion.

Bill enjoyed many hobbies such as scuba diving, snow skiing, golf, and riding motorcycles. He believed in the community of Casper and philanthropy, supporting many charities throughout his lifetime. He was one of the initial founders and supporters of Wyoming Youth for Christ. Bill never met a stranger, and collected many “best friends” along the way.

Bill was preceded in death by his father, Edward (Smod); his mother, Helen; his brother, Bob; and sister-in-law, Isabelle.

Bill is survived by his wife of 56 years, Gaye Anne; his daughter, Suzanna Garlick (Keith); two grandsons, John William and Gabe, all of Casper; and one step-grandson, Alston of Carbondale, Colorado.

A memorial service took place on Monday, July 15 at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church at 11 am (701 South Wolcott, Casper). A reception followed at the home of Keith and Suzanna Garlick (1900 West 39th Street).

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Boys and Girls Club of Central Wyoming, the Child Development Center, or the donor’s choice.
Bustard’s Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.