Obituaries: McCollum, Brichacek, Mathews, Short - Casper, WY Oil City News
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Obituaries: McCollum, Brichacek, Mathews, Short

Brett Lee McCollum

On September 2, 2019 Brett Lee McCollum, 42, left this world to be with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. On August 27, 1977 Brett Lee McCollum was born to Gary Lee McCollum and Susie (Baker) McCollum
in Spearfish, SD. Brett grew up in the Hulett area where he attended school along with his four siblings.

Since then, he has journeyed through this world as an avid sportsman, especially enjoying Wyoming’s great outdoors.

In his leisure time, he spent on lakes, mountains, and his grandparents ranch, along with friends and family. Over the years, he actively worked in agriculture, mining, oil and gas, and construction industries.

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Brett was proceeded in death by his son Mason, his grandparents, two uncles, and his cousin Aaron.

He is survived by his daughter Meagan McCollum, of Custer, SD. Parents, Gary McCollum of Hulett, and Susie Rose of Oshoto. Sisters, Brigett McCollum of Gillette, Beth McCollum (niece Rylee McCollum-Sims) of Hulett. Brothers, Bart (Caitlyn) McCollum (niece Olathe, nephew Cinch) of Cody. Brian (Jessica) McCollum (nephew Wyatt) of Moorcroft and numerous relatives – aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.

Funeral Services will be held at Faith Community Church, 177 American Road in Gillette, Wyoming. His final resting place shall be at New Haven Cemetery in New Haven Wyoming. Cards and condolences can be sent to 692 Barlow Canyon Rd, Hulett, WY 82720

Gary Brichacek

Gary Brichacek, formerly of Casper, passed away Friday, September 6, 2019, following a brief illness.

Gary was born and raised in Schuyler, Nebraska, and he attended the University of Nebraska on a football scholarship, majoring in physical education. 

After several years of teaching and coaching, he went into educational administration, working as a vice principal at Kelly Walsh High School and later as head principal at East Junior High School. 

Gary eventually became the athletic director for Natrona County School District #1, a position he held for 12 years before retiring in 2001.   

Gary is survived by his wife, three children and two grandchildren.  

Jerry D. Mathews

Jerry D. Mathews, born in Pierre, South Dakota October 21, 1933, passed away on July 4, 2019 in Tulare, California. 

Enlisting in the US Navy during the Korean War Jerry served as an electrician on the USS Prairie for his 4 years of service. 

After a brief time as a munitions handler, Jerry continued his career as an electrician before going to work for the Bureau of Reclamation in Wyoming. In a career spanning 40 years Jerry worked in the hydro-electrical plants on the North Platte River, where he was promoted to head Foreman III in 1977, a position he held until his retirement. 

Jerry built the home he lovingly called Storm Cloud Acres on the North Platte River. Jerry loved his family and enjoyed hunting, fishing and searching for rare Wyoming jade.  

Jerry is survived by his wife of 29 years, Wanda L. Queen Mathews; three children, Chris and Scott Mathews of Rapid City, South Dakota and Ronda Hauk of Springville, California; seven grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren.  He will be missed by them all. 

Jerry’s wish was to return again to his beautiful Wyoming. A memorial and scattering of ashes will be held later near his beloved Storm Cloud. 

Hubert Clinton Short

Hubert Clinton Short, 73, of Rock Springs,  passed away suddenly September 2, 2019 at his home.

Hubert was born on September 18, 1945 in Leavenworth, Kansas, the son of John Franklin Short and Florene Thelma Dotson Short. 
He attended schools in Casper.  He married Sandy Dyer in Casper, WY.  They were later divorced.

Hubert was a veteran having served in the US Army during the Vietnam War.  He worked as a truck driver for over 40 years, retiring in 2011. 

He enjoyed the outdoors, fishing, woodworking, time with friends and family. He loved driving truck in the oil field and working with everyone.

He was always telling jokes and built a lot of friendships through the years.
Survivors include his sons Clint “Pete” Short and wife Shannon, Michael Hauf and wife Deana, Donny Hauf, Dennis Hauf and wife Le Ann all of Casper; daughter Becca Hauf of Casper; brother John Short and wife Judy of Casper;  sister Glenda Edwards and husband Ernie of Montana; 13 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents John and Florene Short, sisters Karen Portwood, Cheryl Short, Gerry Smith, brother Bobby Poage, ex-wife Sandy Hudson, brother-in-law Norman Smith, nephew Scott Smith and step-daughter Cori Mildren.

Celebration of Life will be at 2:00 pm Saturday, September 14, 2019 at the VFW Post 9439 1800 Bryan Stock Trl. Casper, Wyoming.
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