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Obituaries: Volney, Rupp, Corbett

Bruce Daniel Volney

Bruce Daniel Volney, a doting husband and loving father, passed away at the age of 61 on October 13, 2019 after an illness. He was born in Williston, North Dakota and graduated from Williston High School in 1977. He met his beloved wife, Laura, in Williston and they were married on June 14, 1980. He graduated from Minot State University in 1992.

Bruce’s favorite season was boating. The crackle of a late-night camp fire and family game time always made him smile. He enjoyed all things lake including skimming across the water in his boat, fishing, camping, driving golf carts, and cooking marshmallows over a flame. 

Bruce’s love for his family came through in everything he did. He especially loved being a grandpa to Noah and Suri. In his spare time, he could be found tinkering in his garage, hunting, target shooting, hauling things with his truck, and driving around in his Jeep with his wife.

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He had an enriched life including being the president of the local Cowboy Action Shooting organization and being a mentor to troubled youths. Bruce was devoted to God, family, and country. He lent a friendly ear to all those who needed it and leaves a resounding impact with his humor and wisdom.

Bruce was preceded in death by his parents, Cecil and Ardyce Volney, father-in-law, Kenneth Javorsky, brother-in-law, Brent Lee, and brother, Greg Volney.

He is survived by his wife, Laura, their two daughters, Dana and Marissa (Christopher), two treasured grandkids, and other cherished family members.

A private graveside service will be held for family members. Condolences can be sent to volneyventures@yahoo.com.


Mary Alice (Clarke) Rupp

Mary Alice (Clarke) Rupp died peacefully on October 17, 2019 at Wyoming Medical Center in the loving presence of family. She was born August 30, 1925 in Manhattan, KS to David Charles and Marjorie Kathleen (Page) Clarke, the middle child of five. She grew up in Bonner Springs and later Plainville, Kansas where her father was the publisher of the local newspaper. She graduated from Plainville High School in 1943 and she attended Fort Hays Kansas State University where she met her future husband, James Rupp. They were married after the war. Following his graduation from law school Jim entered the oil business and the couple moved about living in Hays, Denver, Oklahoma City, Casper, New York and California. Following their divorce in 1970, Mary who had completed her degree in elementary education at the University of Colorado, accepted a teaching position at the local elementary school in Walden, CO. When she took that job little did she know she was going to live there for many years. She loved teaching and living in Walden and enjoyed the people and the outdoor activities available in the North Park area. She was always thrilled when a former student would greet her in some unsuspecting place. After retiring from teaching, in 2001 Mary moved to Fort Collins, CO where she lived for about ten years. She was active in the programs of the local senior center and served on its resident counsel. In 2011, at age 86, she moved to the Primrose Retirement Community in Casper, WY to be closer to her family until her death.

Mary was the mother of two children of whom she was inordinately proud. Her oldest, Jo Diane (Jody), was born in 1948 and youngest James (Jamie) was born in 1962. She often said she raised two “only children.” She took her children’s spouses into her heart and treated them as her own; they in turn loved her dearly. Her greatest joy was being in the presence of family. Jamie’s death in a mountain climbing accident in 2017 was a devastating blow from which she never quite recovered.

While generally a quiet, modest, self-effacing woman, Mary was not afraid to stand up for what she thought was right and speak her mind. She strongly believed in the value of a good education and was a voracious reader. In her younger years she enjoyed traveling including several trips to England, the home country of her mother. Mary and her brothers and sisters enjoyed each other’s company and often traveled together. She enjoyed puzzles and card games such as bridge. She was a fearsome Scrabble player knowing the most obscure words in the English language. She didn’t like to lose, particularly to her children.

Preceding her in death are her parents; sister, Shirley Carmichael; brother-in-law, Orlan Carmichael; brother-in-law, Ed Cabler; and son, Dr. James (Jamie) Rupp. Survivors include her daughter, Jody Boeding (Tom) of Kansas City, KS; daughter-in-law, Sandy Rupp; grandsons, Alex and Tom Rupp all of Casper, and Demetrius E Hodges of Los Angeles, CA; Sister, Ruth Cabler of Port Ludlow, WA; brothers, David Clarke of Boca Raton, FL; and John Clarke (Sabra) of Ness City, KS; in addition six nephews and four nieces and their families survive.

Services are private.


O. Ann E. Corbett

O. Ann E. Corbett, 90, of Casper, Wyoming died Tuesday, October 15, 2019. She was born December 23, 1928 to Ray and Eleanor Antelman in Milbank, SD. Ann attended Spearfish Teachers College, she met her future husband, John Corbett and they married February 14, 1947. Together they had two children, JoEllen and Gina and in 1962 the family moved to Casper, WY. Ann worked for Albertsons as a Bookkeeper for 16 years and then went to work with her daughter, Gina and Chuck at CMI-TECO as a bookkeeper until she retired. After her retirement, Ann tended her flowers and garden. She was a longtime active member of Christ United Methodist Church, and she loved caring for her dogs. After John died in 2007 she made the move to Meadow Wind Assisted Living and quickly made a wonderful groups of friends.

Ann is survived by, JoEllen (Terry) Asmus of Casper, Wyoming and Gina (Charles) Bower of Mesa, Arizona; four grandchildren, Glenn (Dalene) Asmus, Thomas (Char) Asmus both of Casper, Wyoming, Jeni (Mark) Barton of Evergreen, Colorado, and Patrick (Suzy) Bower of Casper, Wyoming; and seven great-grandchildren, Annabelle Barton, Emmie Barton, Jake Bower, Zack Bower, Paige Asmus; Harper Asmus and Raeleigh Asmus; brother, Harold (Dowrean) Antelman of Mesa, Arizona; and numerous other relatives.

Donations may be made to the Casper Humane Society, Central Wyoming Hospice or Christ United Methodist Church.