Obituaries: Gallegos, Savage, Sincliar, Coleman

Fidel M “Phil” Gallegos

Fidel M “Phil” Gallegos, 52, died on Sunday, June 23, 2019, in Casper, Wyo.

He was born Sept 20, 1965 to Fidel F “Phil” Gallegos and Maria R “Ruby” Gallegos.

He was youngest of two children, and graduated from Natrona County High School in 1982.

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He loved working with the City of Casper from 1995 through 2014 as a municipal worker, equipment operator and at the Casper Events Center.

Phil was preceded in death by his parents and is survived by his sister, Diana Jackson, nieces and nephews Jessica Lopez, Jared Lopez, Jamie Burnell and Jake Burnell, six great-nieces and one great-nehew.

He is remembered as an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting and fishing, and especially remembered as the fella who waved to everyone in his blue monster blazer.

No service is planned at this time.


Fred H. Savage

Fred H. Savage, aged 69, passed away on July 11, 2019 at home surrounded by his loving family. 

Mr. Savage is survived by his wife Marie, four children: Sharon Savage and husband Keith Picthall, Cameron Savage and wife Rachel, Annie Keith and husband Jason, Fred Savage and wife Alissa. He also left behind his four beloved grand children with one more on the way. 

Born in Millinocket, Maine on January 2nd, 1950, Mr. Savage served his country with honor; he eventually migrated west and became a true Wyomingite at heart.

A Vietnam veteran and member of the 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team, an award winning author, and a committed teacher, Mr. Savage dedicated his life to children everywhere. His works ranged from poetry, to western tales, to a riveting tale about child abuse and neglect ending in a far off place called Vietnam – it was his story and this was how he told it.

Fair or unfair… HE made a difference.

Whether it was hypnotizing chickens or wrestling a bear, his good humor and love of life made better and inspired all of those whom he touched.

Services for the public will be held at Christ United Methodist Church, 1868 South Poplar Street, Casper, Wyoming 82601 at 1:00 PM on Thursday July 25th, 2019. He will be interred privately at the Oregon Trail State Veterans Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers please make donations in his name to either the Children’s Advocacy Project at http://childrensadvocacyproject.org, or the Casper Humane Society.


Ruth Lowell Sinclair

Ruth Lowell Sinclair passed away on July 16, 2019 in Casper, Wyoming. Lowell was born October 15, 1931 in Casper to Clifton Lytle Lierd and Esther Katherine (Lowell) Lierd. She was an active member of the First Church of Christ Scientists. She graduated from Natrona County High School in 1949, and from Radcliffe College in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1953, majoring in Fine Arts.


Upon graduating, she married Edwin James Hodder Jr in 1953. They then moved to Golden Colorado, where Ed worked on his Master’s, and Lowell taught Kindergarten. Her son Ned was born in Colorado, and after Ed graduated, they headed to Boston. Daughter Beth arrived at this time, which was quickly followed by a move to West Virginia where daughter Cecily was born. A few years later, Ed’s work sent them to Tokyo. Lowell and her family spent several years in Japan, then moved to Hong Kong. This created a thirst for travel that stayed with Lowell through the rest of her life. 

In 1967, while visiting family back in the States, the communist Red Guard rioted in Hong Kong and Lowell decided to stay with the kids in Casper. As Ed remained in Asia, Lowell had to raise three kids on her own. She became a very successful real estate investor and eventually parlayed that into a successful stock investing career. She was also very active in the Wyoming Girl Scout Council and was involved with expanding Camp Sacajawea while serving as President. She loved singing with the Civic Chorale and in later years with the Senior Center group in Gillette. 
Lowell always had a pet sharing her home and especially loved her many pugs. She was a wonderful knitter and was rarely seen without a project in her lap. When not knitting she enjoyed painting and sculpting classes at Casper College. 

In 1982 Lowell married James H Sinclair and moved to Gillette Wyoming. They both loved to travel, flying overseas and RVing across North America. Jim passed away in 1996 and Lowell continued to travel, frequently with her dear friend and travel buddy Marie Ellis. On one trip, Lowell drove a car full of Global Grannies all over Italy. She loved meeting new people and seeing new places. No matter where she went, she always said she was a Wyoming girl at heart. 

After a short time living in Salem Oregon she returned to Casper. Her last years were spent battling Alzheimer’s. 

She was predeceased by her husband Jim Sinclair, her grandson, Joshua Lewis of Anchorage Alaska and her son-in-law, Ray Ellis of Salem Oregon. She is survived by her children, Ned Hodder (Susan), of Casper; Beth Puls (Terry), of Gillette; and Cecily Ellis, of Salem, Oregon; stepchildren KD Sinclair (Carlyle Telford), of Anchorage, AK and Jerry Sinclair, of Casper; and her grandchildren Clif Hodder(Cortnie), of Casper; Will Hodder(Youngsil), of Toronto, CA; Tom Hodder, of Casper; Amanda Gilbert(Greg), of Gillette; Colter Puls (Wendy), of Cheyenne; Ryker Puls, of Seattle Washington; Brenda Beer(Michael), of Simi Valley, California, Samantha Ellis, of Los Angeles, California; Jeremiah Lewis, of Anchorage, AK; Angela Lewis, of Kent, OH; Michelle Flannelly (Dan), of Alva, FL and Daniel Reinhard, of San Marcos, TX. She is survived by 9 great grandchildren. 

No services will be held at this time. 
Lowell was a great believer in donating. If you feel so moved please make a donation to your favorite charity.


Robert G. “Bob” Coleman, 86, died Sunday, July 14, 2019. He was born July 25, 1932, to Charles Daniel Coleman and Eva Mae Perrett in Los Angeles, California. Following graduation in 1952 he served two years in the U.S. Army in Germany, attached to the 15th evacuation hospital. Bob married Phyllis Coleman in 1957 in Alliance, Nebraska. 

He worked as a construction foreman for various construction companies in Nebraska and Wyoming before retiring in Casper. 

He spent his lifetime pursuing the elusive trout in many rivers and streams in Nebraska and Wyoming. 

Left behind to cherish his memory are his wife, Phyllis; daughter, Carla Coleman of Escanaba, MI; daughter, Becky Gollnick and her husband, Dan of Dayton, TX; daughter Kelly Spencer and her husband, Kurt of Pleasant Grove, UT; daughter Jannean James and her husband, Kenny of Daniel, WY; nine grandchildren; twelve great grandchildren; and sister, Shirley Rothwell of Arthur, NE.

Funeral services was held at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Casper on Thursday, July 18, 2019 at 10:30 a.m. 

In lieu of flowers please consider a contribution to the St. Josephs Children’s Home or the Care Net Center of Casper.Read Less