Obituaries: Collums, BeLow

James “Jim” Collums

James “Jim” Collums passed away Thursday, September 19, 2019 in Casper, WY at the age of 93.

He was born Jan 5, 1926 in Chickasha, Oklahoma as an only child to Garner and Margaret Collums. He is preceded in death by his wife of 69 years, Mira (McElhoes) Collums. Jim is survived by his sons, Gary and James (Jim), both of Casper, WY; daughter, Christi Collums Doyle of Las Vegas, NV; 8 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren who all lovingly called him “Dandy.”

He joined the US Army Air Corps in 1943. Jim maintained his commission in the Air Force Reserve and in 1965 retired as a Captain. After WWII, he graduated the University of Oklahoma in 1949 where he received a Bachelor of Science in Accounting with a Minor in Business Law.

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He started his career as an Oil Scout with Magnolia Petroleum Company in Texas and moved to Casper in 1960 with Mobile Oil Company. In 1964 he went into business and became a certified Petroleum Landman. In this capacity, he served as President of the Petroleum Association of Wyoming, Vice President of the Wyoming RMOGA, and Second Vice President of AAPL.

Jim became owner of the Seven Knights Restaurant in 1968. He was also past President of Golden K Kiwanis Club. His hobbies include fly fishing, bridge, and golfing at the Casper Country Club where he was a longtime member. He was also an avid College Football fan and never missed a University of Oklahoma game cheering on his beloved Sooners.

He will be interred at Oregon Trail State Veterans Cemetery alongside his lifelong love, Mira.

A service was held on Monday, September 30 at 10:30 am at First United Methodist Church on 2nd Street, with a reception following at the Paradise Valley Country Club.


Peggy Lynn BeLow passed away September 28, 2019 at her home in Casper WY. She was fighting cancer while being in good spirits and a positive frame of mind.

Peggy was born May 7, 1958 in Wheatland WY to Bernard and Mary Studer, Sr.

Peggy lived her life mostly in Wyoming: Wheatland, Riverton, Lusk, Douglas, and Casper. Peggy had many friends and spoke well of them often.

Peggy was predeceased by stepfather, Ross Johnson; her father, Bernard; brother, George; beloved son, Evan; and husband, Barry.

Peggy is survived by mother, Anna Mary Johnson of Casper; longtime companion, Joe Carstens; sons Ryan (Katie) of Sioux Falls, SD and son, Kyle (Tiffani Atkinson) of Casper; brother, Bernie Studer and sister, Valerie Rudy both of Casper; sister, Rhonda Studer of Thornton CO; sister Lorie (James) Kiser of Durango CO. Also surviving Peggy are grandchildren, Ethan, Avery, and Wyatt as well as many loving and beloved nieces, nephews, grand nieces, and grand nephews.

Peggy had a unique view of the world which helped her understand life’s complexities. Peggy was the unknown Champion of those less fortunate and would always help if she could. She had good rapport with colleagues and friends and always greatly appreciated whoever she worked for.

Peggy will survive in our hearts and minds forever.

A visitation will be held from 2:00 PM until 4:00 PM, Sunday, October 6, 2019 at Newcomer Casper Chapel. A Funeral Service will be held 10:00 AM, Monday, October 7, 2019 at the funeral home.

Donations in Peggy’s Memory may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.