Obituaries: Hayes-Cameron, Currah, Oehlert, Koch

Misti Hayes-Cameron

Misti Hayes-Cameron, age 57, passed away on August 8, 2019 surrounded by family and friends. 

Misti was born on January 28, 1962 to the late Vince and Peggy Jo Hayes. Misti was born and raised in Thermopolis, Wyoming. Misti grew up on the family ranch where the days were filled with family and animals.

Misti graduated from Thermopolis High School in 1980 where she was active in sports and rodeo. After graduating, Misti joined the Army National Guard where she served proudly as a flight medic. She attended college at Northwest Community College in Powell and then the University of Wyoming.

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Misti married John R. Cameron on January 26, 2001 in Casper, Wyoming. Misti and John were fortunate to have 14 nieces and nephews of all ages and were able to play a big role in their lives. Their lives were also filled with their loving pets: Wylie, Murphy, and Hondo who have passed over the Rainbow Bridge and Charlie who is still here providing comfort and love. 

Misti worked many jobs, most of which involved taking care of others. Some of these included the Senior Center, Habitat for Humanity and massage therapy. Senior care and child care were two things Misti held dear to her heart.

Misti is survived by her husband (John), mother-in-law (Judy Cameron), her special angel mom (Pat Ward), sister (Bridget Williams and family), numerous uncles, aunts, cousins, in-laws, family members and friends.

She is preceded in death by her parents (Vince and Peggy Jo Hayes), father in law (Jack Cameron), grandparents (Laurie and Flossie Hayes), uncle (Leroy Hayes), and numerous other extended family members.

Misty was strong in her faith and had a gift for helping and supporting others. She was known for her fun sense of humor and outgoing personality.

A Celebration of Life will be held at the 12-24 Club (500 N. Wolcott Street, Casper, WY) at 2:00 pm, Saturday, August 31. 

Condolences and Memories can be sent to: John Cameron, 1725 Kearney, Casper, WY 82604


Marjorie Louise (Hayen) Currah

Marjorie Louise (Hayen) Currah, longtime resident of Shoshoni, passed away July 22, 2019.

She was born August 10, 1925 in Marion, Kansas.

The  Hayen family moved to Missouri Valley in 1942, and Marge attended Shoshoni High School.  After graduation, Marge and her sisters, Edwina and Maggi, moved to San Diego, California to join the war effort.  They all went to work for Consolidated Aircraft, where  Marge and her twin sister Maggi became “Rosie Riveters”.

Marge married Bud Currah, a Missouri Valley resident who was in the Navy at the time.  After the war, they returned to Wyoming.

The couple lived in Casper for many years.  During that time, Marge worked for the Natrona County School Systems in the offices at Paradise Valley Elementary School and Dean Morgan Junior High.

In retirement, the couple travelled and eventually returned to Shoshoni to settle in.  Marge dedicated her time and efforts to the Senior Center there.

Marge will be deeply missed by her husband Bud, her sisters Maggi and Alice, her six boys – Mitch, Dan, Roger, Mark, Tom and Dee, and their families.

A celebration of her life will be held at 2 p.m. on September 7, 2019, at the Shoshoni Senior Center.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Shoshoni Senior Center or the Elders in Need Fund at Morning Star Care Center, Ft. Washakie, Wyoming.


Betty J. Oehlert
March 2, 1934 — August 13, 2019

Betty Jean Oehlert of Lusk passed away August 13, 2019 at Poplar Living Center in Casper, Wyoming.  She was born March 2, 1934 in Bridgeport, Illinois to Owen and Grace Newlin.  

Betty grew up in Bridgeport and attended numerous schools before graduating from high school in McLeansboro, Illinois in 1952.  While in high school, Betty sang on radio stations WCNT in Centralia, Illinois and WROY in Carmine, Illinois.

On December 15, 1951, Betty married Merle Oehlert in Bluford, Illinois, and two sons, Carl and Terry, were born to this union.  The family moved to Lance Creek, Wyoming in October of 1968, and Merle and Betty settled in Lusk in 1978.  Betty worked as a secretary for Charles Lund at Farm Bureau insurance and Keni Cundall at Frontier Realty, as well as several other insurance agencies.

In 1988, Betty was named Top Female Vocalist at the Wyoming Country Music Association finals in Lusk, Wyoming.  She enjoyed camping and loved spending time outdoors.

Betty is survived by her husband Merle of Lusk; grandson Shawn (Rachel) Oehlert and great-granddaughter Willow of Gillette; sister Pat Adams of Saint Francisville, Illinois; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Betty was preceded in death by her parents, sons Carl and Terry, brothers Bob, Everett, Ralph, Bill and Jerry, and sister Dot.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 PM Friday, August 16, 2019 at Pier Funeral Home in Lusk.  Interment will follow at the Lusk Cemetery. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Niobrara Senior Center or a charity of the donor’s choice.

Pier Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Lois Ann Koch

Lois Ann Koch passed away August 8, 2019 at Wyoming Medical Center, surrounded by her loving family.

She was born July 20, 1931 in Council Bluffs, IA to Stella (Hastings) Bock & Dwight Bock.

After graduation she decided to make Casper her home. She worked for Evans/Nagel Motors, where she met and married Delmar Koch. Their union produced 2 daughters & a son. Her husband & children were her life. Family & church meant everything to her. She was a long time member of First Christian Church, and a secretary whose career spanned 60 + years. 

Survivors include her children & their spouses, Deb & Richard Rodriguez of Billings, MT, Roger & Brenda Koch of Casper Mtn, & Becky & Randy Hodges of Casper. Sister, Georgia Young, of Worland, & Brother, Leonard Bock of Bonner Springs, KS. 6 grandchildren & spouses, Jeremy & Sara Hodges of Houston, Jereca & Jason Lutz, & Jacob Hodges of Casper, Rhiannon Rodriquez & Rich Rodriguez of Billings, & Delaine & Bo Dillon of Denver, 5 great grandchildren, with # 6 on the way. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Delmar, & sister Beverly.

Memorials may be made to FCC Scholarship fund, or charity of the donor’s choice.