Obituaries: Fowler, Hill, Stevens, Sr., Miskimins, Decker - Casper, WY Oil City News
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Obituaries: Fowler, Hill, Stevens, Sr., Miskimins, Decker

Robert G. Fowler, “Bob”

CASPER, Wyo. –

Robert G. Fowler, “Bob” left his earthly life Tuesday, January 21, 2020 in Casper, Wyoming. Born in Belle Fourche, South Dakota on August 23, 1935, Bob was the second of three sons of Everett and Georgia Fowler. He attended school in Belle Fourche from first grade through high school, graduating in 1953. Bob loved sports and excelled in football, basketball and track at Belle Fourche High School. On January 21, 1978, Bob married Sharon Beranek in Casper, Wyoming and adopted Sharon’s daughter and son. He devoted himself to making a better life for all of his families.

During his early years he worked in the retail business as an owner or operator of various stores or enterprises. Later, he formed his own company and became President/CEO of a publicly traded corporation. Bob was an entrepreneur extraordinaire; he loved putting together companies and making deals especially in the oil and gas field which he did for more than 35 years. He was highly respected by the many professionals he worked with in the energy business for his vast knowledge and understanding of the related technical aspects. He had an incredible memory and could do complex mental calculations with amazing speed and accuracy. Bob never stopped working; he pursued his business interests until his passing.

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Bob enjoyed all outdoor activities; he especially enjoyed sharing the out of doors with his family. He and Sharon shared many years of deer and elk hunting, fishing and traveling together. They also shared a love of gardening and always had a plethora of produce each year to share with their family and friends as well as to fill their own freezers. He was an exceptionally thoughtful and giving person who dearly loved his family as well as his pets and animals.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents and older brother, Everett M. Fowler. He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Sharon Fowler, and their children: Andrea (John) Harmon, Micheal Fowler, and his children: Lourie (Chris) Fleet, Linda (Tom) Cheney, Lesha (Cosmo Kinsey) Morrison, Robert (Merilee) Fowler, Leslie (John) Cotton, sister-in-law Lorraine Fowler, brother Guy (Cheryle) Fowler, numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

A memorial service scheduled for 1:00pm, Tuesday, February 4, 2020 at Newcomer Casper Chapel with a reception to follow at the Casper Elks Club has been postponed due to a winter storm and will be rescheduled. We will update this obit when information is available.


Avery Lewis Hil

Avery Lewis Hill was born on January 24, 1923 to Seth Ezra Hill and Mary Elsie Hill (Shell) in Zalma, Missouri. Avery passed on January 26th in his home. He had celebrated his 97th birthday two days prior to his passing and was in the place he loved the most, his home.

He lived the life of a farm boy until he was 18. He then moved to Alton, Illinois where he met the love of his life, Helen Marguerite Davis. They were married at the Bullinger County Courthouse in Marble Hill, Missouri on March 2, 1942. They were married for 75 years until the death of his beloved wife, Helen in 2017. Their love story is a favorite of all of his family.

He worked as a carpenter from 1940 to 1942 and served with the Army Corp. of engineers in Africa and Europe in World War II (1943-1945). In 1947, he moved to Casper, Wyoming to begin a 33-year career with Amoco Oil Refinery formerly the Standard Oil Refinery. After retirement, he volunteered for 15 1/2 years with the National County Sheriff’s Department and the Veterans Memorial Museum. He enjoyed camping, boating, water skiing, fishing, bowling, rock hunting, making jewelry, watching Western movies, especially if Audie Murphy was the star, and most of all traveling throughout the United States in their motor home. His. enjoyment of all these activities was always there, but his paramount love was his wife, his family and his home. In August 2019, a family reunion was held in Casper with 46 family members in attendance. There was never a doubt that he loved every minute with his family that weekend.

Avery was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, his daughter, Kathy, and 7 brothers and sisters.

He is survived by his daughter, Ronda McCarthy, four grandchildren, Shannon McCarthy, Tara McCarthy Sanford, Kirk Smith, and Kellie Smith Doran. He is further survived by great grandchildren, Colton McCarthy, Karly McCarthy, Carter Sanford, Avery Sanford, Jacob Kirby, Madison Fiedler, Noah Fiedler, Drew Fiedler, Teagan Doran and Christian Smith. His great grandchildren are Ezekiel McCarthy, JayceeRae Gunnells, Benson McCarthy, Petra Fiedler and a new baby due in February. He is further survived by four siblings, numerous nieces and nephews, and a large extended family

Avery will be greatly missed by his family and friends. He was a lovely man who never met a stranger and embraced life to the fullest.

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


Larry Joe Stevens, Sr.

Larry Joe Stevens, Sr. was born May 31, 1941 in Roanoke, Alabama. He passed away on January 25, 2020 in Casper, Wyoming.

Larry enlisted in the Navy in 1960 after high school and served on the Destroyer, the US Bausell. After his service in the Navy, Larry began his career in the oilfield with Coastal Drilling, Baroid and Gulf Oil. Larry was transferred from Bakersfield, California to Casper by Gulf Oil in 1977 and worked as a rig superintendent. Later, Larry consulted for various oil companies throughout his career. He retired from Homax Oil Sales in 2006.

Larry loved spending time with his family, friends, and his beloved dog “Scrappy”. He especially liked to attend 4 o’clock “Happy Hour” with his buddies at the lake. Larry enjoyed fishing with his family, but most of the time he would admit he got out fished. Another great love of his life was his 1950 Ford that he always said was “2UGLI”. He was a member of the Oil Capitol Auto Club and enjoyed many trips and car shows over the years with his family and friends. His fondest trip was in 2017 traveling the historic “Route 66”. 

Larry is survived by his wife of 55 years Margaret; daughter Tammy (Brian) Paige of Aumsville, Oregon; son Larry (Nicole) Stevens of Casper; sister Phyllis Sogo of Parker, Colorado; 7 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren.

At Larry’s request, there will not be a formal service. A short military honors service will take place on February 5, 2020 at 11 am at Oregon Trail State Veterans Cemetery in Evansville, Wyoming.

Services are entrusted to the care of Bustard & Jacoby, Funerals, Cremations, Monuments and Receptions, 60 CY Avenue, Casper, WY, 82601.


Thomas “Tom” Gaylen Miskimins

Tom Miskimins, age 75, passed away on January 25, 2020, surrounded by his family.

He was born August 25, 1944 to Robert and Chattie (Sweaney) Miskimins in Torrington, WY. He was the 9th of ten children. He grew up around Torrington and Casper, graduating from Natrona County High School in 1962.

On June 1, 1962, he married the love of his life, Rae Ann Lamb, in Casper.  They spent 57 happy years together.

He worked many various places before moving to Rae Ann’s family ranch in 1980.  They worked on the ranch together until retiring from ranching in 2004. He enjoyed playing pool until he spent a winter in Arizona where he could golf and enjoy the warm weather.

Tom dearly loved his four grandchildren and four great grandchildren. He enjoyed woodworking and building various furniture items for his family, playing golf, spending time with Rae Ann and his family.

Tom is preceded in death by his parents, his in-laws Lawrence and Ruth Lamb, and three brothers.

He is survived by his wife Rae Ann, two sons Tim (Kris) and Ted (Jenny), a grandson Lane Miskimins, three granddaughters Jade Slaymaker, Schpri Rozel, and Cassidy Miskimins, four great grandchildren- Madi, Elli and Sadie Slaymaker and Jaiden Schow, two brothers- Larry Miskimins and Bill Miskimins, and four sisters- Katie Gregory, Phyliss Black, Lois Patterson, and Jean Dalton.  He is also survived by countless nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, February 1, 2020 at the VFW, 420 N. Elk Street in Casper, WY.

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


Darrell Glen Decker

Darrell Glen Decker was born June 23, 1930 to Beulah (McGowan) Decker and Harold Decker in Casper, Wyoming. Darrell passed peacefully at 89 years old in Wyoming Medical Center on January 23, 2020. Darrell was raised in Casper, WY, where he attended Natrona County High School, graduating in 1948. Following graduation, he worked at the family businesses, Decker Alignment and Decker Auto Glass. In 1950, he joined the U.S. Army and served in the Korean War as an infantryman. When he returned from Korea, he began running the family businesses and quickly met the love of his life, Billie Jean (Meriwether) Decker. They were married in 1954 and their love never faded. Darrell and Billie had two daughters, Darlyn and Debbie. Darrell was active in the Casper Shrine Club throughout his life. He was a member of the Korean Shrine Band and later joined the Shriners motorcycle group. Darrell built the alignment and glass shops over many years before retiring in 1978. He and Billie moved to Dubois, WY after they retired. Following retirement, Darrell and Billie traveled and spent time with their grandchildren during the summers. In 1995, they returned to their beloved Casper to be closer to family. Anyone who knew Darrell understood his love for the Shriners, but also his love of motorcycles, classic cars, and his family. He lives on through his lifelong contributions as a business owner and industry pioneer in Casper, along with his loving family. 

Darrell was preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Billie Jean Decker. He is survived by his two daughters, Darlyn Decker McIntosh and Deborah (Debbie) Ann Decker, both of Casper, WY; four grandchildren Ryan Decker Rasner, Reid Rasner and his husband Josh Kronberg-Rasner, Darbi (Rasner) Westman and her husband Andy, and Zack Gentzlinger; and two great-grand children, Damion and Mason.

Military Honors will be held at Oregon Trail State Veterans Cemetery at a later date.

The family asks that in lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Shriners Hospital for Children: 2900 Rocky Point Dr., Tampa, FL 33607. Darrell will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

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