Obituaries: Watters, Blagg, Leik, Waldock - Casper, WY Oil City News
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Obituaries: Watters, Blagg, Leik, Waldock

Barbara Ellen “Barb” Watters

Barbara Ellen “Barb” Watters died at the age of 66 on Thursday, October 24, 2019 at Casper Medical Center, following a long battle with a rare cancer.

Barb was born in Cleveland, Ohio August 4, 1953 to Joe and Shirley Nussbaum-Keller. She attended Cleveland schools and graduated with a degree in criminal justice from the University of Cincinnati. She moved to Casper in 1980, and was an officer with the Casper Police Department. Barb served as a member of the Casper city council and was Mayor in 2004.

She married Mark B. Watters August 22, 1982. From this two children where born, Jessica Sue in 1983 and Samuel Jay in 1988. Barb was an active member and lay leader of the local Jewish Congregation Kol-Ha’am. She enjoyed spending her time playing golf with the Casper Ladies Golf Association.

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Barb is survived by her husband of 36 years Mark, her children Jessica of Casper, and Samuel of Columbus, Ohio. Barb has two brothers Steven Keller of Columbus, Ohio, and Donald Keller of Albuquerque, New Mexico.

In lieu of flowers the family requests memorials be sent to the donors’ favorite charity. A memorial service will be held 1:00 PM, Monday Oct. 28, 2019 at Newcomer Casper Chapel. The burial will be private.

Charles G. Blagg

Charles G. Blagg: 1944 – 2019

Chuck was born to Gilbert Blagg and Francis A Snow November 2, 1944 in Gorman, Texas. His mother, a few years later moved to Casper, Wyoming where she met Bert Allen Kelly her husband of 50 years.

Bert and Francis raised Chuck and his two brothers, Jim Kelly and Bert A. Kelly, Jr. in Casper.

Chuck graduated from Natrona County High School in 1961. After high school he worked as an ambulance driver before he enlisted in the Army on Sept. 8 1964. He was enlisted for 12 years and was honorably discharged on February 12, 1976. During his enlistment he was stationed in Germany twice and was deployed to Vietnam for one tour. He received training in still photography while enlisted and served as a special investigator for the military police. He reached the rank of Staff Sargent.

After the army Chuck primarily worked in the Restaurant and bar industries as a cook, baker and as a bartender He also worked as a painter, construction worker. He was a jack-of-all trades.

Chuck had a deep passion for the arts. He was an artist and a musician. He worked professionally as a guitarist/vocalist off and on over the years. His art included everything from carvings and etchings to painting, his most prominent works were those done in pencil. A drawing of his titled “you bic” was shown at the Smithsonian Art Institute as part of the Vietnam exhibit. You can find it today at the Veterans Center in Casper WY. Copies of his work will be on display during his final services.

Chuck married his first wife Linda while on leave in 1966. They had three children, Kerrie Sarles, Karla Blagg and Chuck Blagg, Jr. They divorced shortly after he discharged from the military. He joined with his second wife, Geraldine Thorne in 1977. He remained married to Geraldine until Nov. 1996 when she died after a lengthy fight with cancer. He began dating Doris Murphey in Dec 1998, they were married on Jan 5, 2008.

He has 3 biological and 6 step-children. Kerrie Sarles, Karla Blagg, Chuck Blagg, Jr, Paula Arellano, Steve Birgenheier, Mike Birgenheier, Anthony Cooper, Angela Simmons and James Cooper. He loved them equally and each call him dad still.

He is preceded in death by his parents Bert and Francis his two brothers Jim and Bert Allen and a grandaughter Nikkea Bullock.

He is survived by his wife Doris all 9 children, 26 grandchildren and 23 great grand children.

In lieu of flowers the family ask that donations be made to Newcomers Funeral home to help cover the final expenses.

A Memorial Service is pending and will be held Funeral will be held at Oregon Trail Veterans Cemetery, Evansville WY. A pot luck lunch will be served at the V.F.W. on Brian Stock Trail following services

Theodore “Ted” Leik

Theodore “Ted” Leik, age 89, passed away on October 23, 2019. Ted was born to Theodore and Margaret (Bock) Leik.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Tom and his sister Sandra. He is survived by his wife of 38 years, Bebe (Bryant) Leik, his son Mark (Anne) Leik, and daughters Cindy (Jim) King, Karen (Jeff) Kerns, Sasha (Patrick) Davidson, and Molly (Joel) Kufeldt; and 13 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren and 7 nieces and nephews.

Ted was proud to be from Casper Wyoming. He was a 3rd generation Wyomingite whose grandparents homesteaded outside of Sheridan. He was born on Easter Sunday and so was nicknamed “Bunny” by his mother and the moniker remained for the rest of his life. At the age of three he began playing the accordion and continued playing throughout his life. Ted attended Natrona County High School, graduating in 1948. During his time at NCHS, he was the drum major in the marching band and played the alto saxophone. Ted attended the University of Denver where he majored in business and graduated in 1952. During his college career he was the drum major for the university band and a member of the Lamda Chi Alpha fraternity.

After graduation, he married Lois Thomas (Boyd) and moved back to Casper where he worked in the Wyoming Paint and Glass family business alongside his father and grandfather. He and Lois had three children: Mark, Cindy and Karen. When his children were attending Pineview Elementary School he served on the local PTA board. Later he served on the Wyoming State PTA board because he was a strong believer in education. He and Lois later divorced and he moved to Riverton and then Montana where he pursued a career as a realtor. Eventually he moved back to Casper where he met and married Bebe (Bryant) Leik on November 30, 1981 and was blessed with two additional daughters, Sasha and Molly. He and Bebe moved to a new home in 2005 where he loved to sit on the back patio, listen to the birds, have a glass of wine and watch the sunset.

Ted was involved in many activities in the community during his lifetime. In his 20s & 30s Ted loved to sing and act at the Paradise Valley PlayHouse and in the Red Dog Saloon.

All his children know his signature song was “I was born under a wand’rin star” from the musical Paint Your Wagon, in which he played the character of the Mormon Bishop. He loved to sing and at many Christmas parties would entertain family and friends with his beautiful baritone voice. Ted was also active in the Casper Kiwanis and the Elks Club, where he was a lifetime member. Due to his strong ties to Wyoming, Ted loved the Wyoming Historical Society and he and Bebe went to many presentations and lectures until his last years.

Ted loved all things Wyoming: it’s rich history, its mountains, lakes, streams and most of all it’s people. Ted was a people person that never met a stranger. He spent much time in his earlier years fishing, hunting and was a lifetime boater and belonged to the Casper Boat Club for a quarter century or longer. His cabins at Alcova Lake and Casper Mountain were joyous places where Ted spent lots of quality time with his extended family and many friends. He was especially close to his Uncle Howard and Aunt Polly during his lifetime. He loved traveling and exploring and learning of history of every place he visited. One of his most memorable trips was visiting the Leick house in Germany. He discovered at that time that the last name was changed when the family emigrated to Iowa in the United States and then finally settled in Wyoming.

Everyone who knew Ted knew he had a great sense of humor and had an endless arsenal of jokes, stories and tall tales. Some of his practical jokes are legendary and he was always quick with a smile. He was known as a gentle giant who loved to tell people he was five foot seventeen inches. One Halloween he embodied this spirit when he dressed up as the Jolly Green Giant to his wife’s Little Pea. However, much to his chagrin, his hair remained green for an entire week afterward.

Throughout his life, Ted always had canine companions from his Saint Bernard Archie to his Aredale Pat. He always claimed that he hated cats but found the “love of his life” in a small black cat named Lil in his later years. Be that as it may, to remain true to his canine roots, he taught the cat to retrieve bottle caps that he would throw.

A memorial service will be held at St Mark’s Episcopal Church at 11:00am on Monday, October 28, 2019. A short reception will follow, with internment taking place at Highland Park Cemetery at 1:30pm. Ted’s honorary pallbearers are as follows: Frank “Pinky” Ellis Jr., George Rummell, Ed Reasoner, Bill Snodgrass, Jay Smith, Fred Eiserman, Loren Johnson, and Francis Wellman.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Central Wyoming Hospice and Transitions.

Michael Waldock

Michael Waldock, 79, passed from earth to his Heavenly Father’s arms on October 23rd with his loved ones by his side. Mike was born on August 27th, 1940 in San Francisco, CA to B.J. and Jane Waldock.

He grew up on a farm in Parshall, ND and graduated high school there. On February 21st, 1962 Mike joined the U.S. Army and served over three years obtaining the rank of sergeant. On June 26th, 1965

Mike married Karan Adams in Casper Wyoming. They had two children Stacy Murphy (JD) and Matthew (Chris). Mike and Karan were happily married over 54 years. Mike worked for Pacific Corp and Glenrock Coal for over 30 years. He retired June of 1998 and began his Huny-Do-Home-Repair business.

He did odd jobs for others, and also worked for Stratton Real-estate for many years.

Mike’s three grandchildren Mariah, Christian, River, and great-grandson (Remington) were the light of his life. They adored him. Teasing was his favorite way to show his love.

He had seven siblings that brought joy to his life and was blessed with many nieces and nephews. They often referred to him as their favorite uncle. He will be incredibly missed by so many people who loved and admired him for the man he was.