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Obituaries: Hicks, Leggett, Johnson, Cook

Ronald D. Hicks

Ronald D. Hicks age 72 of Casper, Wy, formerly of Midwest, Wy, passed away peacefully August,15, 2019, at Wyoming Medical Center. Ron was born on September 12, 1946 in Leesburg, Florida to Robert C. Hicks Sr. and Maude Helen Hart Hicks. Ron spent his childhood in Florida , Colorado and Wyoming.

Ron and his first wife Linda were blessed with one son, Ronald Jr. who was Ron’s pride and joy. He loved watching his son play a variety of sports. Ron moved to Seattle, Washington, where he met the love of his life Teresa Morgan, they wed August 14th, 1982. They eventually moved to Wyoming where they spent the rest of their lives. Ron had several jobs throughout his life but the one he enjoyed most was being on the open road, traveling the United States as a truck driver. He enjoyed the outdoors and loved to camp and fish. He passed his knowledge of fishing on to his son and nephews. He enjoyed watching football, his favorite teams to watch were the Florida Gators and Seattle Seahawks.

Ron is survived by his son Ron Jr, and two step daughters Tracy and Stephanie, former wife Linda Sumner, and two grandchildren. He also leaves behind his beloved siblings, sisters Beth, Barbara and Suzanne and brothers David and Daniel and several nieces and nephews. Ronald was preceded in death by his parents, loving wife Teresa and sister Sandra, and brothers Robert and Frederick.

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Jerry D. Leggett

Jerry D. Leggett, 77, passed away peacefully in his home Sunday, August 11, 2019.

Jerry was born in Carmi, IL on August 12, 1941 to Ramsey Leggett and Virginia Mossberger. His family moved to Evansville, IN when he was a child. He graduated from Bosse High School in Evansville in 1959, when he then followed his father into the oil field. Jerry welcomed his first daughter, Patty Leggett, into the world on November 28, 1959. Jerry married Paula Jean Buck on December 5, 1964. They welcomed their first and only child together, Lisa Anne, on July 1, 1965. Jerry moved his family to Casper in the spring of 1967, where he continued working for Haliburton until 1972. He then went to work at the Dave Johnston Power Plant. He retired as a superintendent from the power plant in 1998.

Jerry was an avid car enthusiast his entire life. He loved to watch NASCAR and go to the Daytona 500 races. In his early years in Wyoming, he raced motocross. He loved to hunt and be outdoors. His favorite spots to hunt were the Gros Ventre and in Dubois. During the summer months, you could find Jerry out on his boat at Glendo or Alcova. Before and after hunting season, Jerry was often in the mountains four-wheeling with his family. In the winter, he was snowmobiling. Needless to say, Jerry loved his toys.

Jerry was preceded in death by his parents and Lisa’s mother, Paula.

Jerry is survived by his siblings, Jimmy Leggett, Stephanie Buedel, Bruce Leggett, and Kevin Leggett; his daughters, Patty Leggett and Lisa Neese; two grandchildren, Sean Johnson and Rachel Neese; four great-grandsons; numerous nieces and nephews; and his long-time girlfriend, Linda Bullock.

Memorial services will be held at Glenrock Town Park at 1 p.m. on Saturday, August 24.

In lieu of flowers or cards, memorial contributions can be made to Wyoming Dementia Care at wyomingdementiacare.com or the Alzheimer’s Association at alz.org.


Jimmy David Linden Johnson

Jimmy David Linden Johnson, age 87, of Casper, passed away August 17, 2019 at Central Wyoming Hospice. He was born May 6, 1932 in Newbern, Tennessee to David and Lovie (Moran) Johnson. He attended Oklahoma City University. In October of 1950, he enlisted in the United States Navy and was an airport serviceman. He was honorably discharged in July of 1954. He worked at Edness State Park until he retired. 

In addition to his parents, Jimmy was also preceded in death by brother. He is survived by his friends, Kerri and Rodger Martin. 

A graveside service with military honors will be held at 3:00pm, Friday, August 23, 2019 at Wyoming Memorial Gardens.


Harry Junior Cook

Harry Junior Cook, 90 of Evansville, Wyoming passed away peacefully August 13, 2019 surrounded by family. He was born December 30, 1928 to the late Harry E and Edna F (Rizer) Cook in Wellersburg PA. 

As a young man he worked the family farm in Pennsylvania. His first job was at Celenase in Maryland and in the coal mines. He later went on to work in masonry. In the summer of 1957, he met Fadra Lorraine Sneathen and they were married Christmas Day that same year in the home of her grandparents. They made their home in PA until moving to Casper, Wyoming in 1962, later moving to Evansville, Wyoming in 1971. He worked for Pancratz roofing until his retirement.

They had 2 children Angela “Angie” in 1959 and Lorraine “Raini” in 1960. One of the happiest days of his life was the day he became a grandfather. He had 5 grandchildren; Velvet, Tiffany, and David “Davy” Rayner of Evansville, Wyoming and Angela and Scott Baraibar of Iowa. He loved baseball and enjoyed watching his grandson “Davy” play little league and on the TV Pittsburg and Baltimore were his favorite teams. 

Lifetime enjoyment included hunting from a young age with his brothers and later with his grandchildren. He spent many hours with Davy shooting targets and just hanging out. He became quite the fisherman going to Alcova with Chuck Liston. Playing cards with family and friends always brought a smile to his face.

One of his favorite past times was caring for his lawn. He wanted to have the greenest lawn on the block and took great pride in its perfection. He was the favorite “Pap” on the block. Children would stop by to say hi and get a lollipop or get their bike tires aired up or bike chain put back on. His only request was to stay on the sidewalk, close the gate, and not walk on his prized lawn.

After 34 years of marriage his beloved wife Fadra passed away. Feeling lost after her passing he started to go to the senior center where he met many friends and enjoyed playing pool. It became his favorite activity 11am-5pm daily. He competed in pool tournaments and was very proud about getting his name on the pool trophy. In 2014 he had several eye surgeries and was unable to play pool. After losing most of his sight his daughter Angie spent every evening at his home caring for him and spending time with him. His granddaughter Tiffany would also come by each Monday to help. He looked forward to the daily visits from All About Family and grew quite fond of Jenna’s kindness and smiling face. Weekly calls from his nephew Jim and brother and sisters and visits from his grandchildren and great grandchildren became very important.

He was proceeded in death by his wife Fadra Lorraine, his daughter Lorraine Suzzette Baraibar, his parents Harry E and Edna Cook, sisters Marion Little, Blanche Bingman, brothers Robert and Paul Cook, and grandson Scott Baraibar.

He is survived by his daughter Angie Rayner, grandchildren Velvet (Rob) Locklin, Tiffany (Rob) Dutton, Davy (Melissa) Rayner, Angela (Dusty) Sanders, great grandchildren Hope, Katelyn, Colton Dutton, Bryce and Bretton Locklin, Braeden, Breonna, and Aliyah Rayner, Sunshine Baraibar, Dylan and Quinten Sanders, his brother Albert Cook, sisters Bertha Emerick, Darlene Ringler, and Florence Cook. 

A big thank you to All About Family (Velvet, Melodi, and their caring team of Nurses and C.N.A’s) for their love and caring for him over the last several years. Flowers or memorials to the Heart Association in Fadra Cook and Lorraine Baraibar’s names or donations to Meals on Wheels, the Senior Center, or Hospice would be greatly appreciated by the family.