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Obituaries: Bertagnole, Evans, Yelton, Felt

Joseph Wesley Bertagnole

CASPER, Wyo. –

Joseph Wesley Bertagnole

June 3, 1938-January 19,2020

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Joseph was born in Prescott, Arizona on June 3,1938 to Martin and Sophronia Bertagnole.  He grew up in Casper Wyoming, with three brothers and two sisters in the family home on

Durbin Street. He was good student in school and a Proud Mustang when he graduated from Casper High School (NCHS) in 1956. Following high school he began working with

his father in the oilfield. From 1958-1960 he served a mission in England for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. He loved being in England and spreading the gospel. He

was active and very involved in the Mormon Church. After his Mission, and began serving in the Army National Guard. His base was Fort Ord in Monterey, California. he loved to

speed through the wide open spaces in his 57 T-Bird, to his training at Fort Ord. It was at Fort Ord that he met the Love of his Life, Darnell Williams, and they were wed

on June 29, 1962. They stayed in Casper and were blessed with ten children whom they raised in Casper. He continued to work in the oilfield until he retired.

He was a loving husband, father, grandpa, and great grandfather. His family is his Legacy. He will be missed dearly by his wife,children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren

Joseph was survived by Darnell his wife of fifty-seven years, His ten children and their spouses: Shannon (Ed) Talbott, Kim(Jack) Jameson, Michael Bertagnole, Wesley (Annette) Bertagnole,  Kari (Will) Snell, Joe Bertagnole, Adam (Amber) Bertagnole, Krista (Darren) Darnell, Emily (Aaron) Walters, Matthew (Jessica) Bertagnole,

He is also survived by 53 grandchildren and 27 great-grand children, his brothers Leland and Richard Bertgnole, and sisters Louise Andrew and Roseann Balden.

He will be buried in Highland Cemetery.


Pat Evans

Pat Evans: January 17, 1936 ~ January 18, 2020 (age 84)

Pat was born January 17th, 1936 in Baggs, Wyoming, to William Thomas and Jessie Ryan Evans. William passed away when Pat was five.  Youngest of six, Pat was raised on the family ranch by his mother and brother Joe. 

While in school, Pat started working for the Cow Creek Sheep Company. He graduated from Baggs High School (1954) and began work in the oil field, a career spanning 60 years and 7 countries. 

January 20, 1956, he married Gail Wilson in Craig, Colorado, leaving that day for West Texas. The family moved with the rigs: They had four children; son Scott and, daughters Holly, Kimberly, and Patricia.  Finally settling in Casper, Pat built their home in Dempsey Acres.

Pat worked at Dialog for 20 years. Later working for Acme, Homco, Oilfield Rental, and Weatherford in Columbia, Canada, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Qatar, UAE, and the Arctic Circle. He loved his work, reluctantly retiring three times. Gail and Pat visited Kenya, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Egypt, Cyprus, Israel, and Europe. 

Pat loved the mountains and hunting with everyone. He enjoyed everything with a motor and had no time for things without. He could make anything: jewelry and gun barrels included.

He is preceded in death by his parents, daughters Kim and Holly, brothers Joe and Bob, and sisters Margaret and Cleo. He is survived by his wife Gail, son Scott (Peggy), daughter Patricia (Gary), sister Helen, six grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren. 

In lieu of flowers, please donate: Jason’s Friends, Saint Jude’s Hospital.


Judith Ann Barrett Yelton (Judy)

Judith Ann Barrett Yelton (Judy), 75, died of respiratory complications at the Wyoming Medical Center in Casper, Wyoming on January 17, 2020.  Judy was born on December 23, 1944 in Denver, Colorado at the Presbyterian Hospital.   She was born the youngest of three children to Viola Mae Knight Barrett (of Iowa) and Homer Riley Barrett (of Oklahoma).

She grew up in Sheridan County Wyoming and graduated from Big Horn High School.  Soon after graduation she married Dale Yelton of Glenrock, Wyoming.  They moved from Wyoming to Texas to Kansas and to Alaska following the oilfield.  After their divorce, she moved to Gillette, Wyoming with her two children.  Her primary occupation prior to retirement was as a bookkeeper. 

Judy enjoyed a variety of friendships.  She looked forward to meeting up with her friends at the Campbell County Senior Center, The Red Hat Society, The American Legion Auxiliary, even her social engagements with the personnel at Public Health.  She especially enjoyed going to breakfast and luncheons at the local Perkins and Lariat Cafe.    She loved using her cooking skills taught to her by her mother on their farm growing up.   Canning and pickling vegetables was her specialty.  She was nicknamed the “Pickle Lady” and her pickled asparagus was in demand.   She was never too far away from the cooking channel on her television.  She began collecting cookie jars and cookbooks in her early twenties.  Over the years she always had a rescued cat as a cuddly companion.

Judy was preceded in death by her parents, her brother (William Barrett), her sister (Nola Stephano), her niece (Connie Barrett), her niece (Anna Stephano) and her nephew (Michael Rotolo).  She is survived by her sons, Joe (and Tonya) Yelton and John (and Jody) Yelton; her grandchildren,  Jacob Yelton, Nick Yelton, Jarrod Yelton, Courtney Yelton, Joshua & Elizabeth Yelton and Benjamin Yelton; her great-grandchildren,  Azariah and Caleb Yelton; her nephew, Doug (and Sheila) Barrett, her nieces, Diane Fagerli, Kristy (and Ed) Bruns, and Natalie Stephano-Anderson; numerous great-nephews and nieces.

The family will be having a spring memorial service for Judy and her name will be shared with her brother’s  on a plague at the Legacy Park in Gillette, Wyoming.  The family would like to welcome her friends in Gillette to join them at the Lariat Cafe on Saturday, January 25, 2020 at 10:00 AM to share a good-bye brunch with them.  The family will be holding a private burial service at Mt. Hope Cemetery in Big Horn, Wyoming this coming summer.

 No flowers are necessary.  We would like to encourage everyone in the community to support the No Place Like Home – Cat Rescue Program -Judy would love that!!  Thank you to bustardcares.com for assisting us with our loved one.

Services are entrusted to the care of Bustard & Jacoby, Funerals, Cremations, Monuments and Receptions, 600 CY Avenue, Casper, WY 82601.


Lawrence (Larry) Edwin Felt

Lawrence (Larry) Edwin Felt, 83,  died January 16, 2020. He was born November 22, 1936. His parents were Clyde & Anne (Rapp) Felt. He was born in Lovell WY, where he attended school through high school. His sister, Carolyn Nelson and husband Royce reside in Torrington Wy, 

Larry was preceded in death by a daughter Robin Elizabeth Felt, a son Lawrence (Larry) Shepard, and his brother, James.

Larry is survived by his wife Phyllis Jean (Troudt) Felt , they were married, June 29, 1964. His son Robert (Rob) & Sari (Shaw) Shepard, live in Spokane WA.  Grandchildren Dan and Maggie (Shepard) Fechner and four great grand children make their home in Mona Utah.  Grand children Brandon and Robin Bischoff, and four great grandchildren live in Spokane.  Robert (RB) Shepard ,also makes his home in Spokane.

Larry got his Bachelor’s and Master’s degree from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. He taught high school in York, Nebraska, then became a Financial Planner in Casper. He always loved to read, travel, and enjoy the outdoors, especially in Wyoming.

No services are planned at this time.

Services are entrusted to the care of Bustard & Jacoby, Funerals, Cremations, Monuments and Receptions, 600 CY Avenue, Casper, WY  82601.