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Obituaries: Palato, Layton, Weston

Richard Dion Palato

CASPER, Wyo. –

Richard Dion Palato, 51, passed away January 18, 2020 surrounded by family and loved ones. He loved God and his country. He spent 25 years in the Army. Serving tours in the Gulf War and two tours in Iraq. He was a laborer in the oilfield dealing in downhole tools. He was a phenomenal and loving husband to Shannon and father to Anastasia Rose.

He is preceded in death by his father, Jess Palato, step-mother, Jo Palato, brother, Jeff Tucker, and grandparents.

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He is survived by his wife and daughter, mother, Debi Tucker, step father, Drew Tucker, and seven siblings, Betty Grant, Valerie Kittrell, Marilyn Bullock, Dolly Picket, Bonnie Allen, Andrew Tucker, Valentino Palato and Jodell Timmerwilke, numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, and uncles.

A Memorial service with military honors is pending at this time.


Robert Keith Layton (“Keith”)

Heaven gained another strong Okie to help with rototilling the garden, and Vonnie Layton got her Pinochle partner back.

Robert Keith Layton (“Keith”) was born on November 9, 1927 in Pauls Valley, OK to Aubre and Irene Layton. It was in these formative years that he learned the value of hard work, while helping his father with any the numerous farms that his parents owned. As a young adult, he learned to grow and pick cotton. 

Keith graduated high school in 1944 from Elk City High School in Elk City, OK.  At the age of 17, he joined the Navy and completed boot camp in San Diego, CA before leaving for Hawaii to serve his nation in World War II. Keith began his long journey to Japan on the USS YMS-346 Minesweeper and was convinced that if the war hadn’t ended when it did, he wasn’t going to return. Keith spent some time in Japan and the Philippine Islands before heading back home on the USS Susquehanna in 1946.

Keith’s post-war journey took him to many different places. He enrolled and spent one year at the Southwestern School of Technology, but soon realized it was not for him, and started on his voyage as a tax-paying, working adult, working in a lumber yard and even crating and selling fruit in Grand Junction, CO.  After this, he found himself back in Oklahoma employed as a seismologist by Petroleum Consultants, Inc. While in this position, he was sent to Eastern Texas to work on a surveying crew, which he enjoyed very much.  He was eventually transferred to Bismarck, ND, where he met LaVonne Lien in a bowling alley while she was working as a waitress. They wed on January 28, 1951 day in Steele, ND. Soon, the young couple was transferred to Minot, ND, for a new job.  Here, their first daughter, Karla (Kye) was born.  Then, Keith took a new job as a petroleum scout with Superior Oil in Miles City, MT which brought new challenges along with their second daughter, Diane (Dee). The next stop in Keith’s job with Superior Oil was Denver, CO, where the couple welcomed their third daughter, Lori, and, 6 years later their son Michael (Mike).

Soon after, Keith was transferred to Wyoming. The family loaded up their pink station wagon and moved to Casper, WY—the family’s final move—in January 1964. Keith worked for Superior Oil for many years and then was recruited by Gulf Oil as a Petroleum Landman, where he worked and garnered many friends in his travels throughout the Wyoming, Colorado, North Dakota and Montana areas.  Keith then took a job with Double Eagle Petroleum and Mining, where he eventually retired at the age of 64. 

After 33 years of marriage, Keith lost Vonnie on April 14, 1984.  On November 22, 1986, Keith married Alelia Hohbein, with whom he shared another 33 years of love and companionship, along with the addition of three step daughters: Becky, Sheri, and Kim. 

Keith took joy in sports. He loved playing catcher and long-ball hitter in fast pitch softball, bowling with friends and family, golf, fishing, and playing pool.  While Mike grew up, he was always on the sidelines as the coach for his many years of baseball. Keith loved watching the Wyoming Cavalry Indoor football team, the Denver Broncos and the UW Cowboys. He was very much a family man and enjoyed watching his kids, grandkids, and great-grandkids in any sport or activity. If he couldn’t attend, you could bet he was always asking about them! He loved his Boston Terriers and Chihuahua, Bella, who could always be found nuzzled in his lap. 

Keith was preceded in death by his father, Aubre and mother, Irene; one brother, Lowell; former wife, Vonnie; great-grandson, Evan Michael Stanley; great-granddaughter, Avery LaVonne Sterling; and step great-grandson, Teryn Lee LaPointe

Keith is survived by his wife, Alelia Layton; Karla Stanley and her children Jeff Stanley and Breanne Sterling (Tyler); Dee Irwin (Stephen) and their children Mandy Irwin (Susie Bachand) and Kimberly Taylor (Ray); Lori Layton; Mike Layton (Argeri) and their children Alexandria Layton (Ryan Semerad) and Michael Layton; Becky Rampon (James) and their children Jaime Griffith (Derek), David Rampon, Jordan Rampon, and Jenna DeBautte (Giovanni); Sheri Stanek (Chris) and their children Brenden LaPointe (Kassie), Kevin Stanek, and Cameron Stanek; and Kim Klaassen (Mel) and their children Jessica Walker, Kodi Zechial (Michael), and Morgan Martin; and 21 great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at Bustards & Jacoby Funeral Home, 600 CY Avenue in Casper, WY on January 25, 2020 at 11:00 am, with a luncheon to follow at Air Innovations Banquet Hall at 5000 CY Avenue.  A private interment will be held at a later date.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Central Wyoming Hospice.   


Curtis Moore Weston

Curtis Moore Weston, age 92, of Casper, passed away January 17, 2020 at Central Wyoming Hospice. He was born July 4, 1927 in Bourbon, Mississippi to Clarence and Katherine (Boschert) Weston. He attended Arcola School where he graduated in 1945. He entered the Navy and served in World War II. After his service in the Navy, he attended and graduated from Copiah-Lincoln Junior College is Wesson, MS. He subsequently attended and graduated from Southwestern at Memphis College (now Rhodes College), completing his studies in Chemistry in 1951. His business life initially took him to Memphis, TN where he worked in sales with the Arthur Fulmer Companies. He eventually moved with work to Colorado Springs, CO, where he lived for a number of years. In 1978, he purchased Decker Auto Glass, one of his customers, and moved to Casper, Wyoming.

He took Decker Auto Glass from one small shop to four shops and a wholesale glass warehouse with distribution in Wyoming and Western Nebraska. Curt never had children but considered his employees family. A very kind and considerate employer. Curt was name Wyoming Small Business Person of the year by the SBA. He owned Decker Auto Glass until 2008 when he sold it and continued to live in Casper in retirement. Curt remained close to his extended family, and for many years, annually returned to his family’s Bourbon home in the Mississippi Delta for Christmas and summer visits. He was a wise, kind, and generous man, with a wide array of friends he gathered along his life’s journey. His generosity was reflected in him hosting 35 Weston family members for a family reunion at his expense in 1999 to share the beauty of his adopted home state of Wyoming.

Locally in Casper, Curt was an active member in Kiwanis and Elks.

In addition to his parents, Curtis was also preceded in death by his siblings, Jack (Trilba) Weston, Louise Boschert Weston, Fred (Katherine) Weston, Ruth Weston Cable, Clyde (Hazel) Weston. He is survived by sister, Katherine (Kitty) Weston of Albuquerque, NM; brother-in-law, Bill Cable of Vienna, VA, sister-in-law, Wanda Weston, of Cordova, TN; lifelong friend, confidante, and “adopted son”, Dan (Kathy) Seth of Casper, Wyoming; eight nieces and nephews across the US, and many great grand nieces and grand nephews.

After cremation, Curt’s remains will be buried in the Oregon Trail Veterans Cemetery in Evansville, Wyoming. Memorial Services will be held Thursday, January 30, 2020 at 3:00 pm at Newcomer Casper Chapel.


An original version of Curt Weston’s obituary identified services happening on January 23, 2020. Newcomer Funeral Home has contacted Oil City and clarified that services are actually on January 30, 2020. The obituary has been changed to reflect this change.