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Obituaries: Holder, Whitlock, Vandeventer

Joann Lynn Holder

CASPER, Wyo. –

Joann Lynn Holder, 50, passed away surrounded by her family on January 30, 2020.

She was born in Deadwood, SD on July 12, 1969, the daughter of the late David Richards and Linda Lanier.

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She spent some time in Montana before moving to Green River, WY where she would meet Kraig Stewart and they would have two children, Stephen Stewart and Ashlee Richards, who she loved dearly.

Later, she moved to Casper, WY to be closer to her mom.  

Her interests included fishing with her boyfriend Thomas, barbecuing with her family, watching movies with her mom, and taking weekend trips with her family to Riverton to gamble.  Most of all though, she lived for her kids.

Survivors include her mother, Linda, her son Stephen and his wife, Chelsie, and her daughter Ashlee, as well as several nieces and nephews and her life-long friend, Audrey Gomez.

She was preceded in death by her dad, David, her sister, Wendy Fischer and her Grandma Merle.

At her request, there will be no services. A memorial barbecue will take place at a later time in Casper and Green River, WY.

To our sleeping beauty, you will be missed.

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


Kenny Whitlock

Kenny Whitlock, 65, passed away peacefully on February 2, 2020 in his home surrounded by family and close friends.

 He was born in Powell, Wyoming, June 15, 1954, to Jack R. and LoRayne (Sorenson) Whitlock. He was the youngest of 3 children, graduating from Natrona County High School in 1972.  He was hard working and quickly found his niche in the family business Whitlock Trucking, working there for over 40 years. He proudly worked alongside his father Jack and brother Jackie. Together they built a stand-alone name in the business.

 He married Becky Buchanan on April 14, 1979. They welcomed 2 daughters, Lindsey and Allyson. He was a devoted and loving father and enjoyed being surrounded by his family. Kenny cherished this time together with his family, spending summers at the lake and enjoying winter ski trips. Sunday dinners together with family were always a great way to start and end the week.

 In 2002 he met his best friend Lynette, and their ‘adventure’ began. They found they shared many mutual friends, and their paths had crossed many times in the past. They married in 2008, continuing to be adventurous, whether it be a midnight hotshot load or an Alaskan cruise. They were always up for camping trips and being together with those they loved. Despite the many obstacles they overcame together, Kenny never complained, always saying “it’s just a walk in the park.” Their love and care for one another always shined, even if it was simply watching football or NASCAR races. As Kenny’s family grew, so did his love and dedication to them.

 Kenny’s presence will always be missed, however his love and kindness to others will always be remembered. Not to mention the many funny and clever original sayings or “Kennyisms” which he seemed to have for many of life’s interesting situations.  These sayings always brought laughter and smiles (and sometimes confusion) to those unfamiliar; but always a bit of joy! 

 Kenny is survived by his wife Lynette Whitlock, his daughter Lindsey and husband Ryan Allison, grandchildren Ava, Amelia and Quinn Allison, daughter Allyson and husband Adam Brust, grandchildren Bryleigh and Wyatt. Lynette’s son Luke (Ashley) Werner, grandchildren Danica and Carson, daughter Grace Werner, and grandson Spencer Beahm. He is further survived by his father Jack R. Whitlock, and brother Jackie and wife Juanita Whitlock.

He was preceded in death by his mother LoRayne, sister Vickie Erlitz, grandparents Charlie and Margaret Whitlock, stepmother Darlene Whitlock, Terry Jo Richards.

 Services are entrusted to the care of Bustard & Jacoby, Funerals, Cremations, Monuments and Reception, 600 CY Avenue, Casper, WY 82601 and will be held Thursday February 6th, 2020 at 6:30 PM at  First Baptist Church 514 S. Beech St. Casper WY.

In lieu of Flowers please send donations to Donate Life Wyoming: Online: http://www.donoralliance.org/contribute

By Mail: Donor Alliance, Attn:  Accounts Receivable, 200 Spruce St.  Suite 200, Denver, CO  80230, **In Memo of Check Please write “In Memory of Kenny Whitlock” 


Bill Vandeventer

Retired businessman Bill Vandeventer died at the Central Wyoming Hospice Saturday, Feb. 1, 2020, from complications of heart disease. He was 83.

He was born June 8, 1936, in Pittsburgh PA to Jay C. and Emma (Brown) Vandeventer. His father, a petroleum engineer, moved the family to Texas, where Bill graduated from Midland (TX) High School in 1954. He earned a BS degree in geological engineering at the University of Oklahoma, an MBA from the University of Texas, and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the US Army Reserves.

On Aug. 15, 1959, Bill married high school sweetheart Carolyn Petering in Midland, and began his career as a West Texas oilfield engineer with Conoco. They had three daughters before transferring to Casper in 1972.

In 1975, Bill joined Kirkwood Oil & Gas in Casper, then struck out on his own in 1982, starting ProVal Inc., and EnviroEngineering, an asbestos removal company. He retired in 2015 at age 79.

His beloved wife Carolyn died in 2009 after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease—five months short of their 50th wedding anniversary.

Bill loved time with his family, cars, hunting and fishing, collecting guns, gardening, Oklahoma Sooners football, reading the morning newspaper, and his loyal dog Susie. He belonged to Shepherd of the Hills Presbyterian Church, Masonic Lodge #56 and Casper Shriners. He donated generously to local charities and churches, and was quick to help friends in need.

He was preceded in death by his parents and wife. He is survived by daughters Mary (Ron) Franscell of San Antonio TX, Susan (Bill) Pennington of Worland WY, and Julie (Bruce) Hitt of Casper; sister Marian Jones of Midland; and grandchildren Hunter and Karen Perala, and Taran and Morgan Pennington. He also leaves behind many nephews, nieces, cousins, and beloved members of his late wife’s family.

The family is grateful to doctors and staff at Wyoming Medical Center and Central Wyoming Hospice for their care and kindness.

Visitation will be 12-2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6, at Bustard’s Funeral Home, and before his services at 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 7, at Shepherd of the Hills Presbyterian Church. A reception follows. Burial will be at 3 p.m. in Highland Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family asks friends to consider donations to Shepherd of the Hills or in Carolyn Vandeventer’s name to the Alzheimer’s Association of Wyoming, 2232 Dell Range Blvd., Cheyenne WY 82009. 

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