Obituaries: Slack, Phillips-Diaz, Miller, Virgilio - Casper, WY Oil City News
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Obituaries: Slack, Phillips-Diaz, Miller, Virgilio

Ryan Slack

Ryan Slack, 41, of Cheyenne, WY passed away on Sunday, November 3, 2019. A Memorial Service will be held in Casper, WY at Newcomer Casper Chapel, 710 East 2nd Street, on Friday, November 15, 2019, at 2:00 pm. A reception will follow at the Casper Elks Lodge.

Ryan Slack was born on November 7, 1977 in Casper, WY to Mark Wayne and Becky Sue (Poste) Slack. Ryan grew up in Casper until 1990 when the family moved to Riverton. He graduated from Riverton High School with the class of 1996.

He was baptized into the Catholic faith.

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After graduation he entered the U.S. Navy and did training in Groton, Connecticut. After his training he was stationed in Hawaii and served as a Sonar Technician on submarines around the world. He was honorably discharged.

Ryan had lived in Cheyenne, WY for the last few months working for The Brock Group, a construction company, as an assemblyman. Before that he worked mainly in the oilfields on work over rigs in the Gillette, WY area.

Ryan was a fantastic artist doing amazing murals, landscape drawings and painting. He was establishing his art portfolio at the time of his passing.

He is survived by his father, Mark W. Slack of Riverton; grandmother, Candace Poste of Casper; brother, Doug Slack of Riverton; sister, Ashlee Slack of Riverton; niece, Katelyn Slack; nephews, Cole Withrow and Alex Daniels all of Riverton; uncles, Ross (Lisa) Poste of Colorado, John Poste of Casper, Weston (Shannon) Poste of Casper, Ron (Pam) Slack of Casper, Kim Green Slack of Boise, ID; and David (Pam) slack of Boise, ID; and numerous cousins and friends.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Becky Slack on July 15, 2017; and grandparents, Don Poste, Romayne S. Head, and Dennis V. Slack.


Machel ‘Shelly’ Phillips-Diaz

Machel ‘Shelly’ Phillips-Diaz, 56, of Newcastle, passed away November 4, 2019 at Casper Medical Center after battling an infection.

Shelly was born September 24, 1963, in Portland, Oregon to Ronald and Patricia Phillips. She grew up in Oregon and graduated from Roosevelt High School.

After graduation, Shelly got married, and in 1982, she and her family moved from Oregon to Wyoming where she lived the remainder of her life. In 1983, her son Jason was born.

Shelly had a love of wolves, pigs and crafting. She spent many hours with friends painting and crafting at the Senior Center. She was very actively involved in TOPS and loved going to meetings to see everyone. Shelly was a loving and caring person with a heart of gold to match.

Shelly’s greatest love in life were her grandsons, Ryker, Roman and Caleb. The three boys were her whole world and brought her so much pride and joy. She loved everything they did, and they shared many laughs and memories.

Shelly is lovingly survived by her mother Pat Phillips, brother Ron Phillips, son Jason (Ashley) Diaz, grandsons Ryker, Roman and Caleb, niece Jessica Phillips and her children Aydenn, Shyla and Rylynn, aunts Sherri Comstock, Linda (Charlie) Miller, Barbie (Chuck) Eastlick, Lynn (Larry) Prose, many cousins and many, many friends.

She was preceded in death by her father Ron Phillips, an infant daughter Cassandra and all her grandparents.

There will be a memorial service held at the Senior Center, 627 Pine Street in Newcastle, to celebrate Shelly’s life, on November 14, 2019 at 2:00pm. Her family invites everyone to come and share stories and memories of Shelly.


Jarold D. Miller

Jarold D. Miller was born April 15, 1941 to Rosa and Wilburn Miller in Urbana, Missouri. He was the son of a barber, raised in a family of barbers.

Jerry made his way to Wyoming with his family, where he barbered with his older brothers, Leonard and John. It was there that he met Sunny Clark in 1971, whom he married and selflessly loved, while helping to raise her son, Philip, whom he loved as his own. They eventually settled in Glenrock, where Jerry was the sole town barber from 1974 until 2013. He served the community diligently, professionally and without fail.

Although his marriage ended years later, Jerry continued to support Sunny and Philip, without question or reciprocity, until his passing. Jerry was a pillar of the Glenrock community. Personable and sacrificial, he served his customers with the utmost respect and professionalism. He was incredibly easy to talk to — a natural conversationalist — and he was part of the glue that helped build Glenrock and keep it together. He was kind, generous, and he lived a life of service. He was loved by friends and strangers alike. Customers traveled from far and wide simply to sit in his barber chair and have a great conversation — and an exemplary haircut. He retired in 2013 and lived in Evansville, WY until his passing.

He is preceded in death by his mother, father, his brother John C. Miller, as well as his nephews, Larry and Johnny. Although Jerry never adopted Philip, he is succeeded in life by him, as well as his brother Leonard, Leonard’s sons Al, Dave and Roger Curtis, John’s wife Kathy, his niece Wendy Kaplan, his grand-niece Linndsey, his great grand-niece Lucy, and his grandson Connor.

Jerry lived a simple and good life, and will be remembered fondly by the entire town of Glenrock and beyond. He was loved and admired by everyone he touched. For what more could you ask? Rest.The family would like to extend their heartfelt gratitude to the staff at Wyoming Medical Center and Bustard’s Funeral Home for the compassionate care they provided for Jerry.


Vance Virgilio, 50, passed away on November 4, 2019 at Shepherd of the Valley hospice care in Paradise Valley, Wy. He was born on April 20, 1969 in Laramie, Wy to Joseph Virgilio and Myrna (Hopkins) Virgilio. He grew up in Casper, the youngest of 4 brothers and in 1987 was the first in his family to graduate from high school. He continued to WyoTech and graduated with a degree in auto body tech.

In his teens, Vance was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, which posed a number of challenges in his life, but also lent him many friends and opportunities. Vance met the challenges that diabetes doled out with grace and grit and taught those around him to love life and appreciate their blessings. Despite the challenges and obstacles posed by his health issues, Vance continued to be hopeful and kind to those that supported him.

Vance was preceded in death by his father, brother Vaughn, mother, and other family members and friends. He is survived by his brothers, Vincent and family; Vernon and family, Chuck and Jackie Morris and children and various other uncles, aunts and friends. He is also survived by his many wonderful caregivers at Shepherd of the Valley.

No services are planned. In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to Camp Hope which provides hope for diabetic children throughout Wyoming. 3920 W 45th St., Casper, WY 82604.