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Obituaries: Tuttle, Taylor

Tom Tuttle

Tom Tuttle was born April 12, 1947 to Joe and Beatrice (Marie) Tuttle in Gladewater, Texas.  He graduated from White Oak High School in 1965 and attended Kilgore Community College for 2 semesters before joining the U.S. Navy in June of 1967.  He served as a plank owner on the USS Hepburn (MMII) until his honorable discharge in January of 1971.

Tom owned and operated a tower business where he built radio towers that are still in use throughout Texas and Oklahoma today.  During that time, he acquired his love for the oil fields in which he became a well-loved, admired and highly requested directional driller throughout the world.  From Alaska to Singapore, to the North Sea of Scotland, he’s seen it all.  He also had interesting stints in Venezuela, Mexico and the jungles of the Congo and eventually returned closer to home with assignments in Colorado, the bitter cold winters of North Dakota, down to Bairoil and Wamsutter and to the mining field of Price, Utah.

He officially retired from the oilfield in August of 2015 and after 3 months of boredom, he went to work part-time at Ace Hardware, in Casper, where he made many more new friends. 

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On September 14, 1991, in Dubois, WY, he married the love of his life, Sally Hackleman, to whom he was introduced to by his son.

Though Tom was born in Texas, he called Wyoming home.  He loved cheering (or cussing) the Wyoming Cowboys football and basketball teams with pride.  He loved rooting for his favorite NFL team, the Denver Broncos and NASCAR was a favorite until his “boy,” Dale Jr. decided to retire.  In the summer, you could find him at their trailer house at Alcova chatting with the neighbors, old friends, new friends or out on the pontoon trying to catch the “big one” with a glass of wine in hand. 

Tom will be so very sadly missed by his loving wife Sally, children Shawn Tuttle (Fort Worth, TX), Lindsay Tuttle (Waxahachie, TX), Sean (Jen) Lijewski (Casper, WY),  Adam (Lindsay) Lijewski-Tuttle (Centennial, CO), his grandchildren Madesyn (22), Brooke (16), Morgan (13), Jace (11), Grayson (4), Decker (1) and great grandson, Aiden, born on 1/9/2020.  He is also survived by his sisters, Belynda (Bobby) Martin (White Oak, TX), Donna (Buddy) Coker (Burnett, TX), brother, Dwayne (Renee) Tuttle (Burnett, TX), sister-in-law, Jo Hehr (Riverton, WY) and many nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his mother and father, nephew, mother and father-in-law, brother-in-law, aunts, uncles and cousins.

Services to be held on Friday, January 31, at 11:00 a.m. at Oregon Trail Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Evansville, with a reception at the Bryan Stock Trail V.F.W. from 12 to 2 p.m. 

Since Tom was NOT a suit and tie or sad occasion kind of guy, please join the family in celebrating his life, by wearing your best Wyoming Cowboys or Denver Broncos attire.

“Until we see each other again, adios my friends.  Now, I’m gone……Fishin!”

On January 21, 2020, Richard “Colin” Taylor died at home in Casper, WY.

Colin was born on July 19, 1939 to Oscar “Sandy” Taylor and Ethel “Peggie” Taylor in Casper, WY. The family lived and ranched in the Hole-In-The-Wall country of Natrona and Johnson County before moving to Montana where Colin attended school, graduating from the Montana School of Mines with a degree in petroleum engineering.

Colin met Carolyn “Connie” Fales in Cody, WY, and the two were married on February 10, 1967. Colin and Connie moved to Casper where Colin worked at R. L. Manning until it closed.

Colin was active in Alcoholics Anonymous in Casper, and worked as an addiction counselor, helping many to free themselves from addiction.

Colin enjoyed camping and fishing, but his great passion was the history of the Hole-In-The-Wall country.

Colin was preceded in death by his parents and two bothers, Russell and Lynn Taylor. Colin is survived by his daughters Glenna Fales (Cody), Debbie Taylor (Casper), and Gari Michele Taylor-Leete (Steven, Casper), as well as numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren.

At his request, there will be no funeral services. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Hoofprints of the Past Museum in Kaycee, WY.