Obituaries: Moore, Morrison, Bennett

R. C. “Butch” Moore

R. C. “Butch” Moore passed away at his home on Sunday, September 15, in Casper, Wyoming at the age of 71.  

Butch was born on July 26, 1948 in Boulder, Colorado to Elizabeth “Clayton” Moore and Franklin  Lee Moore. He proudly served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War earning a Purple Heart. After a brief stint of oil field work, he joined the Casper Police Department, serving the Casper community for 20 years.  Upon retirement from the Casper PD, he worked for Metro Animal Control and  then  was Lead Court Security Officer for the Federal  building until health issues brought him to his final retirement.

Butch married  Merry “Johnson” Moore  and to this union had a son, Frank Moore.  Butch and Merry were happily married for 16 years until her death in 1986.  

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He then met and married Maxine  “LeBar” Moore in Casper, 1987. This added  a daughter, Karin “LeBar” Galloway and a son, Kirk LeBar  to the family.

He enjoyed doing yard work and hunting and fishing in his earlier years. Butch was an avid football fan, but loyalty lied with his   Denver Broncos.  Butch and Maxine  enjoyed watching the boys and being involved with all sporting activiites through the Kelly Walsh Booster Club.  Butch was active in coaching Frank’s baseball team for many years. 

Butch is survived by his wife, Maxine “LeBar” Moore, sons, Frank (Cori) and Kirk LeBar, and one daughter, Karin Galloway (Mark); one sister, Sue  Madsen and one brother Don Cobb; four grandsons, Richard (Rachelle) Moore,  Jacob (Amanda) Galloway,  Zachary Galloway  and Mason LeBar; two granddaughters, Brooklyn  Moore  and Sophia LeBar. Great grandchildren,  Autum, LeJae, Kayla, Reece, Parker, McKinleigh.

 He was preceded in death by his parents, Elizabeth and Frank; brother, Guy Cobb and brother, Mike Moore.  

In lieu of flowers, the family is asking for donations to be made to the VFW Post #10677, 420 N. Elk, Casper, WY 82601.

Services will be held at the Oregon Trail Veteran’s Cemetery, 80 Veterans Rd in Evansville, WY on September 20, Friday at 2:00 p.m.  A small celebration will follow at the VFW Post #10677 in Casper.


Kerry Dean Morrison

Kerry Dean Morrison, age 68, died on Sept. 14, 2019, from the relentless progression of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). He was surrounded by family. Kerry was born on July 13, 1951, in Lovell, Wyoming, the fourth son and sixth child of Clarence Wilbur Morrison and Louisa Mickelson Morrison. He was raised in Lovell and participated in many activities, including football, basketball, baseball, and wrestling. He graduated from Lovell High School and received an academic scholarship to attend Brigham Young University, graduating Summa Cum Laude in 1976. While at BYU, he took two years’ leave and served as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, serving in the Eastern States (Spanish) Mission. Kerry then studied at the Creighton University School of Medicine, graduating in 1980 with his M.D. degree. He then joined the Army and completed an internship in Internal Medicine at Letterman Army Medical Center in San Francisco, California, and a residency in Anesthesiology at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C. He was then assigned to William Beaumont Army Medical Center in El Paso, Texas, where he served until September of 1986, after which he left active duty.

In August 1976, Kerry married Cheryl Smith in Mesa, Arizona. Three children were born to this marriage: Kathryn Diane (Katy), in August 1977; Phillip Dean, in August 1979; and Patrick David, in May 1982. After leaving the Army, Kerry and family moved to Salt Lake City, Utah, where he began practicing as an anesthesiologist. His first marriage ended in divorce in 1988. Kerry then met Janna Lynn Stagg, and they were married on July 7, 1990, in Alta, Utah. This marriage was later solemnized in the Salt Lake City Temple. With this marriage, he became stepfather to Scot McCusker. In 1997, they moved to Casper where Kerry began practicing at Wyoming Medical Center. He retired in October 2017. During their married life, he and Lynn enjoyed traveling to many locations and spending time with family and friends. They especially loved spending time in the Bighorn Mountains at the Morrison family cabin. Kerry was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, serving in many callings.

Kerry was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Steven. He is survived by his wife of the family home, his siblings Judy (Steve) Gilliland of Lakewood, California, Craig (Karen) Morrison of Provo, Utah, Lynn Morrison of Gillette, Wyoming, Linda (Mike) Hitz of Lovell, Wyoming, children Katy (Scott) Springer of Mesa, Arizona, Phillip (Cynthia) Morrison of La Crescenta, California, Patrick Morrison of Salt Lake City, Utah, Scot McCusker of Casper, and five grandchildren: Jackson, Abigail, Savannah, Jackie and Charlie. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews, cousins, and friends. A memorial service will be held in Casper at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 21, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Wolf Creek Chapel.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a donation to the ALS Association Rocky Mountain Chapter.


Nova M Bennett

Nova M Bennett, 93, passed away on September 16, 2019 in Casper, Wyoming.

Nova was born on February 7, 1926 in Basin, Wyoming to Charles and Mary Galusha.
Nova married James A. Bennett on October 15, 1945.

They moved to Casper in 1949 where Nova spent the rest of her life.

The couple had two daughters, Norene Sperry of Greeley, CO and Linda Bennett of Casper.

Nova was preceded in death by her husband, Jim “James”, four sisters, and 1 brother.

She is survived by her daughters, son-in-law, Pat Sperry, two grandchildren, Mike (Penny) Sperry, of Henderson, CO, and Nicole Peterson (Greg), of Greeley.
She is also survived by two great-grandchildren, Payton Peterson and Brady Peterson, of Greeley, CO.
Nova was a loving mother and friend.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the charity of your choice.

Funeral Services are pending at this time. The family requests everyone to wear purple in Nova’s memory.