Obituaries: McKee, Eatmon, Phillips Jr., Hunt, Woods - Casper, WY Oil City News
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Obituaries: McKee, Eatmon, Phillips Jr., Hunt, Woods

Laura Sue McKee

CASPER, Wyo. –

Laura Sue McKee, 47, passed away Friday January 3, 2020.

She was born to Jim and Sandy Marquart on July 08, 1972. After graduating from Glenrock High School, Laura spent time in Laramie and Jackson, WY as well as Billings, MT before settling in Casper.

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Throughout her life, Laura was passionate about making a difference in the lives of those around her. As a leader with Highland Park Community Church, Laura had the opportunity to love and care for members of the youth group. Time spent with her family was among her most cherished memories, and she loved being the family historian.

Laura will be forever missed by her two children, Haley and Collin McKee; her father Jim Marquart; siblings Dan Marquart and Mary Axthelm; and her nephews, nieces, and cousins. In death, Laura has been reunited with her mother, Sandy Marquart.

Details on a celebration of life to follow.


Catherine Lee Eatmon passed away at home on Friday January 3, 2020.

She was born in Lander Wyoming on October 1, 1944 to James and Mary Lee Gustin.

She loved being in the mountains, riding horses and jitterbugging.

She married Howard Lee Eatmon on May 29, 1963. Her many talents included ensuring that everyone was well fed and singing like Janis Joplin. Nothing came before her family and she spoiled every one of us.

Her beautiful smile and love filled hugs will truly be missed every day.        She was proceeded in death by her parents.

She is survived by her husband of 56 years, her son Michael (Stacy), her daughter, Roberta and her true loves: her grandkids, Jacob, Jessica (Skyler), Jennifer, Madison (Austin) and great grandson, Bentley.

No services are planned at this time. 


George Robert “Doc” Phillips Jr.

George Robert “Doc” Phillips Jr. passed away January 2nd, 2020 at Central Wyoming Hospice and Transitions after a hard fought battle with pancreatic cancer.  

Doc was born September 8th, 1946 to George Robert Phillips and Helen Bradshaw Phillips in Peoria, IL.  He grew up in Creve Coeur, IL and graduated from East Peoria High School in 1964.  He attended Iowa Wesleyan College in Mount Pleasant, IA majoring in Biology and Physical Education, and graduated in 1968.  While at Iowa Wesleyan he was a member of the football team and the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity.  After his 5th concussion in football his senior year, an appointment with a Chiropractor would change the course of his life forever.  He attended Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, IA graduating in 1972.  Chiropractic would bring Doc to Casper, WY where he would help many people throughout his 47 1/2 year career.  

Doc would say that he never worked a day in his life because when you love what you do it is never work.  Helping countless people throughout his career was one thing, but he was also proud of how he helped the chiropractic profession grow in Wyoming and nationally.  He was the President of the Wyoming Chiropractic Association; President and V.P. of the Wyoming Board of Chiropractic Board of Examiners; and represented Wyoming on the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners. One of his proudest moments was being elected to the Executive Board of the Federation of Chiropractic Licensing Boards, where he helped create policy for the chiropractic profession as a whole.  

The only thing that Doc loved more than being a Chiropractor was his family.

Doc married Edith Corbett on June 30th 1978 in Casper WY, and they had two children Amy and Robbie.  The love and support that Doc had for his family was unmatched. 

An avid fan of all things sports, he made lifelong friends golfing, bowling and playing fast pitch softball in Wyoming.  He was lucky that his family loved sports too.  Both Doc and Edie traveled all over Wyoming and the country supporting their kids at every event.  If he wasn’t cheering for his children, or his grandchildren, he was cheering for the Wyoming Cowboys (Go Pokes), Casper College T-Birds, Chicago Bears and the Chicago Cubs.  

Doc is survived by his loving wife Edie, his two children Amy O’Reilly (T.J.), Robbie Phillips (Megan), and the loves of his life his five grandchildren Cassidy, Frankie, Finley, Harper and Scottlyn. He was proceeded in death by his parents. 

Services for Doc will be at First Christian Church in Casper, Thursday January 9th at 1pm. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Central Wyoming Hospice and Transitions, or the  charity of your choice.       


Margaret Isabel Hunt

Margaret Hunt passed away on December 29, 2019 in Casper, Wyoming. She was born August 29, 1921 in Jireh, Wyoming, the daughter of Leonard and Pearl (Whitehill) Heine. She was raised and educated in Jireh and graduated from Manville High School in 1939. She graduated from Halls School of Cosmetology in Casper in 1941 and worked at the Avalon Beauty Shop in Rawlins, WY.

On September 5, 1941 she married Eugene S. Hunt in Rawlins, Wyoming. He preceded her in death in 2003 after 61 years of marriage.

She was a member of the Prairie Prowlers extension club for many years. She and her husband were members of the Amoco Bowling League and she was a 4-H leader. She worked at Dean Morgan school cafeteria and later at Hilltop Coin mat, retiring in 1984.

She enjoyed watching the Denver Broncos play football, her favorite team. She also enjoyed gardening, especially flowers, reading, fishing, playing cards and playing scrabble.

After retiring, she and her husband spent many winters in California and Arizona and summers in Casper.

Survivors include two sons, Steven Hunt of Evansville and Larry Hunt of Glenrock, Nine grandchildren, twelve great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents, daughter; Mary Ellen Donaldson, Marsha Magnuson, three brothers; Richard, George and Elbert Heine and two sisters, Genevieve Manning and Mary Birch.

The family would appreciate memorials to a charity of the donor’s choice.

Funeral services will be Monday, January 6, 2020 at 1pm at Newcomer Funeral Home Chapel with interment to follow at Highland Cemetery.


Patricia Gill Dail (Pat) Woods

Patricia Gill Dail (Pat) Woods passed away January 1, 2020 from complication of Alzheimer’s. 

She was born in Perry, FL December 31, 1928 to Livingston Gill Dail and Mabel Eason Calhoun Dail. 

She served in the Air Force before returning to Perry to marry and raise a large family. 

She was the long-time office manager for Perry Grocery before moving to Oregon in 1969 with her two young daughters to begin a new adventure.  While raising her family, she served as a Welcome Wagon representative and Stage Mother extraordinaire. 

She was a lover of parties, jazz music, dancing and was a fabulous hostess, spreading her Southern Charm from coast to coast.  Her gift of gathering lifelong friends was unsurpassed. 

In her spare time, she was a ravenous reader and savvy investor.  After the death of her husband, Dick, in 1993, she joined the Board of the Juan de Fuca Jazz Festival serving with them for many years, before moving to Seattle to be near her daughter Dail. 

In 2018, she moved to Casper, WY to be near her daughter Trisha. 

She is survived by her daughters Trisha (Casey) Nix, of Casper, WY and Dail (Len) Bodziony of Seattle, WA; sisters Meridy Robertson, Karen Ezell, and Raven Wagoner, brothers Paul Dail and Terry Dail, six grandchildren, Cody Nix, Shea Williams, Jamie Williams, Josh Williams, Kelly Lundy and Cindy Hough; four great grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews and lifelong friends.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Dick Woods, and her sons Joe Williams and Jim Williams. 

Thank you to the staff of Mountain Plaza Assisted Living who loved our mother as family the last year of her life. 

At her request, no services will be held.  A family gathering will be held at a later date.  In lieu of flowers, donations are suggested to Wyoming Dementia Care or your local Hospice.