Obituaries: Harrison, Fronk, Coursen Jr., Bina, Martinez, Phillips - Casper, WY Oil City News
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Obituaries: Harrison, Fronk, Coursen Jr., Bina, Martinez, Phillips

Katherine “Kathy” Jean McMurry Harrison

CASPER, Wyo. –

Katherine “Kathy” Jean McMurry Harrison (60) died at 4:39 am on January 2, 2020 surrounded by loved ones at the Wyoming Medical Center in Casper, Wyoming, following a sudden critical illness.

Kathy was born in Fort Ord, California to Donald Russell McMurry and Elizabeth “Betty” Ann (Marshall) McMurry on September 17, 1959.  Her father Donald was a United States Army Lieutenant Colonel and Kathy spent her youth traveling and living all over the world with her family.

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In 1976, Kathy met and married Robert Chamburs in Tampa, Florida. Kathy and Robert divorced in 1983.  She had two children that she loved very much, Crystal Lena (Chamburs) Garcia (1976) and Austin Robert Chamburs (1981).  They gave her many grandchildren that she loved beyond words. 

In 1989, Kathy graduated with an Associates in drug and alcohol addiction counseling from Rio Salado College in Phoenix, Az.  She used that degree to help many people through her work at the Wyoming State Hospital in Evanston, Wy and the Wyoming Youth Treatment Center in Casper, Wy and in her personal life by sponsoring many people through Alcoholics Anonymous. While in Phoenix, she met and married Faron Ray Skelton. Faron and Kathy enjoyed many years together until Faron’s death in 1995.

Kathy was so lucky to have found love again when she met James Michael Harrison “Mileage” in 2005.  She mentioned often that many people only get to find love once, and she was blessed with true love twice.  Mileage and Kathy married in 2007.  They enjoyed riding motorcycles and participating in Wyoming Central ABATE.  She enjoyed taking care of the community through HOG FEST and annual toys and food drives.  Kathy was a caregiver by nature and took care of many friends and family members who will miss her terribly. 

She is survived by her mother, Betty McMurry; four sisters, Patricia McMurry, Mary Christine McMurry Kardassakis (Dean), Lisa McMurry, and Theresa McMurry; husband James Michael (“Mike”) Harrison, Children Crystal (Benjamin) Garcia and Austin (Amber) Chamburs; grandchildren Gavin, Gauge, Gabrielle, Cherish, Brandalynn, Acelin, Tristan, and Journey; many aunts and uncles, cousins, and so very many friends that she considered family.   

She is preceded in death by her father Donald, brother John, and husband Faron.

Services will be held on Monday, January 6, 2020, at Bustard’s Funeral Home at 600 CY Ave. in Casper, Wy at 11:00 a.m. A reception and celebration of her life will be at Butch’s Bar at 1180 Oildale St.in Evansville, Wy immediately following the services. 

Her family would like to thank the ICU nurses at the Wyoming Medical Center for their wonderful care and treatment of Kathy and her family. 


Darlene Jo Fronk

Darlene Jo Fronk, age 64, passed away surrounded by her loved ones on January 1, 2020, at Wyoming Medical Center in Casper, WY.  Darlene was born to George and Dolores Patik on January 19th, 1955 in Lander, WY. 

Darlene grew up and graduated from high school in Lander, WY.  After high school she was married and from that union she had three boys, George, Jeffery, and Brian.  She was united in marriage on May 28th, 2006 to her love of her life Dale Roy Fronk.  Darlene and Dale moved to Alliance, NE in 2001 where she went back to College to fulfill her lifelong goal of becoming a Licensed Practical Nurse.  Darlene loved being a nurse, she took great pride in her work, and cared for many, many people over her nursing career.  She worked several years for Dr. Himes, in Scottsbluff, NE and later for Skyview Nursing Home in Bridgeport, NE and most recently when she and Dale moved to Casper, WY she worked at Poplar Living Center.

Darlene loved spending time doing anything outdoors including hunting, fishing, riding ATV’s, gardening, camping or sitting around a camp fire and she loved these times the most when she was with her husband and her boys.  She never wanted the adventures with her family to end and couldn’t wait until the next time they all got together. She always was ready to spend time with the people she cared about. Because Darlene loved the outdoors so much she was always so excited to go to Hawaii with her husband every year for a month, in the winter time, to enjoy as much fun in the sun as she could.  Darlene was extremely loyal to everyone she loved and was always there to talk to when you needed someone.  She was an incredibly fun person to be with always ready to share lots of laughs with the people around her. Even though she is gone, she has left the legacy of her love.  The way she touched our lives with remain forever and we will all have so many memories of the times we shared with her.

She is survived by her husband Dale Fronk of Casper, WY; her sons George (Cindi) Heinrich of Rock Springs, WY, Jeffery (Sarah) and granddaughter Shyenne Heinrich of Lander, WY, and Brian (Melissa) Heinrich of Alliance, NE grandchildren Madisen, Kysen and Darius; her mother Dolores Patik of Lander, WY; her sisters Dorothy (Glen) Pierson of Lander, WY and Georgia (Ron) Osban of Manderson, WY and 3 grandchildren as well as many other family members and friends.  She was preceded in death by her father George Patik and her grandparents. 

A memorial service for Darlene will be held this summer in the mountains outside of Lander, WY with her family.  Cards and condolences can be sent in care of Dale Fronk, 3421 Providence Court #2, Casper, WY 82609.


William Royden Coursen Jr.

William Royden Coursen Jr., passed away on January 2, 2020.  William was born on January 31, 1935 in Vineland New Jersey.  He was the son of William Royden Coursen and Elizabeth Eleanor Schneider.  He was married to Winifred Joan Barton in Camden New Jersey on July 3, 1954.  They were married for 57 years until her death on May 8, 2012.

William served in the Air Force in Topeka Kansas during the Korean War.  He married Winifred and they started a family.  William drove a bus in Philadelphia and they later moved to Florida where he worked in agriculture.  William also worked as an EMT at a local hospital. 

William and Winifred enjoyed walking, taking drives, and visiting with people.  William collected walking sticks, Louise L’Amour books, and baseball caps. 

William had a passion for creation and educated himself in the creation and evolution debate.  He utilized the local newspaper to express his faith in God and creation.  As William’s health began to fail he could be found at home working puzzles and munching on Austin Cheese crackers.  William always loved his ice cream cones.

William is survived by his son John D. Coursen of Casper, son William H. Coursen of Casper, daughter Susan J. Walker of Casper, son and daughter-in-law Dan S. and Shannon Coursen of Casper, son and daughter-in-law Tim A. and Cheryl Coursen of Casper, fourteen Grandchildren and fourteen Great Grandchildren.  William was preceded in death by his parents, son James L. Coursen and daughter Sharon A Terrillion. 


Alice L. Bina

Alice L. Bina, 94, of Casper, died January 2, 2020, peacefully at home. She was born October 15,  1925, to the late Mollie and John Treber in Ault, Colorado. She grew up in Cheyenne and worked at the family owned Treber Laundry, providing laundry services to Wyoming’s governors and Warren Air Force Base’s top officers. Alice married the love of her life, Stanley P. Bina, in Cheyenne, on November 11, 1956 and moved to Casper in 1969. They were blessed by three beautiful children, LaRamie, Kip, and Guy, and four wonderful grandchildren. Alice was immensely proud of her family and leaves behind many cherished memories.

Alice loved gardening in the spring and summer and canning in the fall, all while being an avid baseball fan. She and her mother always had a standing one dollar bet on the World Series. At Christmas, Alice was famous for her wonderful rye bread. She and Stan spent the winters traveling the countryside. After Stan’s passing, Alice loved going with Guy to Tuesday night bowling for the fried shrimp. Alice was legendary for her cards and letters sent all over the country. She never met a stranger and was quick with a smile.

Alice is survived by her sons, Kip (Angela) Bina and Guy (Randee) Bina, and grandchildren, Eli, Cole, Natalie, and Garrett, and brother, Roy Treber. She was preceded in death by her husband, Stanley Bina, daughter, LaRamie Bina, and brother, Clarence “Lucky” Treber.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 PM on Tuesday, January 7, 2020, at Bustard’s Funeral Home. Interment will follow at Highland Cemetery. Please join the family for a reception immediately after interment at the VFW post #9439, 1800 Bryan Stock Trail, Casper Wyoming. Visitation will be held on Monday, January 6, 2020, from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Bustard’s Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, the family recommends donations to Natrona County Meals on Wheels or Central Wyoming Hospice, both of which provided care and compassion to Alice.


Michelle Martinez, age 53, passed away on Thursday, January 2, 2020.

Michelle was born on September 15, 1966 in Las Vegas, Nevada to Mary Pitet Martinez and Manual Martinez.

Michelle was a devoted, loving mother to Kaylin Madison and Wesley Zachary Gosney. She is also survived by her two siblings, Lisa Wagman and Paul Martinez, and nieces Courtney and Lexi Sheely.

Michelle was a lover of all animals, but had a passion for working with, and training, border collies. Michelle enjoyed rodeoing with her daughter, border collie dog trials and traveling together as a family. She will be missed by both family and friends.

No services are scheduled at this time.


Jamie L Phillips
Date of Death 12/31/19
Services TBD