Obituaries: Nagel, Rieke Jr., Hannum, Gimmeson - Casper, WY Oil City News
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Obituaries: Nagel, Rieke Jr., Hannum, Gimmeson

Bob Nagel

After a hard fought battle through the summer, which included open heart surgery, Bob Nagel, a gentle, kind spirit, left us on Sept. 6, 2019.  Bob was born Oct. 16, 1940 to Henry Peter Nagel and Frances Littlefield Nagel in Denver, CO.

Bob grew up in Wyoming and graduated from the University of Wyoming with a Master’s degree in electrical engineering. He worked for the Boeing Co. on underwater communications research.  During his tenure as a lieutenant in the Army, he served as a communications coordinator at White Sands Missile range in New Mexico.  After his Army service, Bob worked for Collins Radio in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. 

Bob missed Wyoming and returned to Casper to work with his dad at Nagel Motors. The rest of his career was spent happily in the car business enjoying his customers and fine employees.  Bob served as President of both the Casper and Wyoming Automobile Dealers Associations. Bob was then elected by his fellow Wyoming dealers to serve as their representative to the National Automobile Dealers Association.  While on that Board, Bob developed an ethics certification for automobile sales people.  The ethics certification program was adopted by dealerships across the United States.  In 1996 Time Magazine awarded Bob its Time Magazine Quality Dealer Award.

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Bob also served on the Boards of Kiwanis, United Way, Norwest Bank, Salvation Army, the Certified Public Accountants and the National Historic Trails Foundation and Rotary.  He was President of the Board of Trustees of Casper College and the Wyoming Association of Community Colleges.

Bob had a deep belief in the power of education.  He tutored second graders with reading difficulties and jail inmates who couldn’t read.  Bob also helped establish the first Montessori Schools in Iowa and Casper.

Bob was never bored. In his retirement, he explored gourmet cooking, drawing and intricate model boat model building.  Although he enjoyed many travels, he always loved “coming home”.  Bob thought of himself as a temporary caretaker for their historic family home in Casper.  Their cabin on Decatur Island was a family gathering place in the summer and he was learning Spanish and a new culture at his home in Mexico.

Bob was a consummate gentleman and he shared his kind spirit with everyone.  Bob lived well and was well loved.  He will be keenly missed, but now he is truly home.

Bob is survived by his wife of 56 wonderful, blessed years, Pat.  He is also survived by his daughter, Stacia Vigneri and her husband, Dr. Sam Vigneri, grandchildren Lucia, Benjamin and Robert Vigneri; daughter Susanna Nagel, grandchildren Hunter, Harper, and Hannah Hatch; sister Susan Goode and her husband Denny Goode; nephews Damon and Jason Goode and their families; brother-in-law Michael McKeown and his wife Ardeth Lobet; sister-in-law M. Margaret McKeown and her husband Peter Cowhey; nephew Haruka Cowhey.

No flowers, please.  Donation to the charity of donor’s choice, or to the Nagel Family Scholarship at Casper College or a kind act will be appreciated by Bob and his family.

A celebration of Bob’s life will be held Saturday, September 28 at 4:00pm at the Nicolaysen Art Museum.


Donald Dean “Captain” Rieke Jr.

Donald Dean “Captain” Rieke Jr. passed away at Wyoming Medical Center on September 18, 2019, surrounded by his loving family

A Celebration of Life per his request will be held Sunday September 29th at 2pm at the Elks Lodge.108 E. 7th Street Casper Wyoming. Please come and share your memories of Don with us.

Don was born on January 3,1960 to Donald Rieke Sr. and Maryanne Rieke. He attended Mckinley Elementary, Dean Morgan Jr. High and Natrona County High School.

He loved camping, four wheeling, hunting and fishing with his family and friends.

Don worked at several restaurants as a teenager with his mother such as the Pancake House and Rexes Inn and Out . After High School he worked for Casper Iron and Metal

And Pacific Steel and Recycling as a welder and truck driver for many years, then to BFI/ Waste Connections where he was in charge of the recycling and drove truck as well as painting and repairing of containers.

In 1980 he married the love of his life Marica Rieke. They had two beautiful children, Jesse Lee Rieke and Amanda Lynne Rieke. He loved his family more than anything and worked hard to provide for them.

He was preceded in death by his mother Maryanne Rieke, his father Donald Rieke Sr., his sister Billie Gene, his grandmother, Sarah Ellis and his grandfathers, Verle Harlow and George Ellis.

He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Marcia (Hanson) Rieke. His son Jesse Rieke (Nichole Haag), and their three daughters Chole, Dominica (Minnie) and Lennon. His daughter Amanda Rieke (Christoper Ruegsegger) and their children Christopher, Conner and Serenity, his sister Georgia Anne Glenn and many, many nieces and nephews.


Roger Earl Hannum

Roger Earl Hannum passed away after a courageous fight with late stage cancer at the Central Wyoming Hospice & Transitions with his family.

Roger was born on May 7, 1945 in Bedford Indiana to Charles Warren and Edna Mae Hannum. After graduation from Oolitic High School he followed in his father’s footsteps and entered the Ironworkers apprenticeship. He married the love of his life Vicky (Thompson) on November 14, 1964 and enjoyed 50 years together until her death in 2015. In 1967 he moved his family to Greeley Colorado to pursue his career as a union Ironworker, and achieve his dream to live out west. Roger was an avid outdoorsman and loved the Rocky Mountains, after several trips up to Wyoming hunting with his father in law he moved one last time to make Rawlins, Wyoming his home in the fall of 1969.

Roger was regarded in the industry as one of the best Ironworkers in the region, and found himself leading numerous construction jobs. He was a natural born leader, instructor and his work ethic was extremely strong. In 1993 he purchased Rawlins Fire Extinguisher Service and built the company from a part time endeavor into a full service business servicing customers throughout the state of Wyoming and Northern Colorado. His work ethic and self-confidence served him well in making this a successful business endeavor. Roger always loved going to work as an Ironworker, but soon found that he loved interacting with the people even more.

Roger and his best friend John Martinez decided they needed some extra income for their fishing fund, and started another business Two Old Guys (T.O.G ) Window Cleaning. Roger truly enjoyed this, and because of his love for people this part time business venture became very successful.

Roger never met a stranger, his compassion for people and the willingness to be the positive influence in people’s lives has left a lasting legacy with all the people that had the pleasure to know him. He was bigger than life itself and enjoyed each and every day for the opportunity to be outside. He was a loving husband, father and for many people a friend that was always there to help.

Roger is survived by his children Scott (Beverly) Hannum, Mandi (Luke) Humphrey, Brother Loren (Margy) Hannum, Brian Thompson and Geri McCrea, Grand Children Madisyn Humphrey, Tristian Humphrey, Aaron Steele, Ashley (Jacob) Fluty, and great grandchildren Mariah, Kadince, and Waylon.

He was proceeded in death by his wife Vicky, Parents Charles and Edna Hannum, Brothers Warren Hannum Jr., Raymond Lavon Hannum, and Robert Leroy Hannum.

Cremation has taken place and the family will be having a celebration of life at a later date.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Central Wyoming Hospice and Transitions Endowment Fund 319 South Wilson Street Casper, WY 82601. Please specify Endowment Fund, or a charity of your choice.


Lowell “Gene” Gimmeson

Lowell “Gene” Gimmeson passed away on Monday, September 16, 2019 in Casper, WY at the age of 92. Gene will be cremated and laid to rest alongside of his wife, Lavern Viola Allshouse, at 10:00 AM, on Tuesday, September 24, 2019 at the Oregon Trail State Veterans Cemetery in Evansville, WY.

Gene was born on September 3, 1927 to Ernest Carter Gimmeson and Bessie Marie Hallam in Powell, WY. He was preceded in death by his wife, Lavern (Vernie) Viola Allshouse, brothers, Willard, Merl and William (Bill), and his sisters, “Lucille” Crane and Mary Alice deHaan. Gene is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Brant & Lori Gimmeson and two grandchildren, Kamry and Kolby Gimmeson of Aurora, CO. Gene did all of his schooling in Powell, WY. After he graduated High School, he joined the Navy during WWII stationed in Guam. He served 2 years and was discharged when the war was over. He married Lavern “Vernie” Viola Allshouse on March 8, 1950 in Billings, MT. They had one son, Brant. Gene loved his wife Vernie who was so special, and all of his family, friends and people he worked with. He enjoyed skiing, riding motorcycles, boating, fishing, backpacking, camping, hunting, farming, gardening, raising animals and he had some very special dogs and cats. One of his most enjoyable passions was snowmobiling with his wife and friends. He spent a large amount of time in Sunlight Basin, the North & South Fork of the Shoshone along with Yellowstone, the Tetons and Jackson Hole.

He went to work for the ASCS (Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service) after getting out of the Navy instead of going to college as he had planned. He went to work in Powell, WY for the US Department of Agriculture ASCS for 22 years and became the County Director in Powell while owning and working at his auto repair service and continued farming. He then was promoted to Regional Manager and transferred to Worland, Wyoming as District Director for 7 years then promoted to State Director in Casper, Wyoming for 7 years then he retired and did consulting work as a crop insurance adjustor for several years. Vernie and Gene loved to travel and spend time with their grandchildren and visiting friends. Gene enjoyed people and loved to help anyone. A very special and kind-hearted person!