Obituaries: Reynolds, Smith, Humes, Jr., Richter - Casper, WY Oil City News
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Obituaries: Reynolds, Smith, Humes, Jr., Richter

Kenneth Lee Reynolds

CASPER, Wyo. –

Kenneth Lee Reynolds was born on March 7, 1959, in Thermopolis, Wyoming to Philip and Viola Reynolds.  He lost his battle with cancer on Sunday, February 2, 2020.

Ken was a kind, loving, and compassionate person, with a silly personality.  His easy-going nature and friendly smile ensured that he knew no stranger.  While he never joined the labor force, he worked hard in a domestic setting. He took on the responsibility of keeping the house, grocery shopping, and handled meal preparation and cleanup.  However, the most exceptional role he played was that of a caregiver.   Over the years, he cared for and looked after several different family members including his mother, his niece, and his great nieces.  

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In 2013, Ken suffered from several debilitating medical issues, including a neurological disorder, which left him wheelchair bound.  It was at this time he became a resident at Shepherd of the Valley Healthcare Center.  He accepted this somber and dramatic change in his life with grace and a positive attitude.  His demeanor never changed. He conquered adversity and built many strong and loving relationships with the staff and caregivers at SOV.  

Ken is survived by his mother, Viola Reynolds; and his two siblings, Donald Reynolds and Brenda Jennings.  He is also survived by his nieces and nephew: Amanda Sisco, Hannah Pflieger, Crissa Jennings, Brittany Voight, Jeremy Reynolds, as well as great-nieces and great-nephews.  He is preceded in death by his father Philip Reynolds.  

A memorial service will be held Saturday, February 22, 2020 at the Church of God of Prophecy at 10:00 a.m.  


Bruce B Smith

Bruce B Smith
The man we love left behind him…

91 Years
33,560 Days
805,483 Hours
48,327,565 Minutes
1 Son-in-law
(David)
2 Grandchildren
(Todd & Shari)
7 Great Grandchildren
(Jenelle, Tyler, Tasha,
Halie, Vin, Autumn, Kelsey)
4 Great Great Grandchildren
(Stella, Marley, Britta, Vincent)
1 Sister
(Barbara)
Many nieces and nephews
A few that he called friend
1 Blessed Life

Bruce B Smith was born in Enid, Oklahoma in 1928. He made Casper Wyoming his home for more than 60 years. An antique dealer, writer and a man of many stories. With his last breath he smiled, letting us know he had found his parents Dan and Rose, siblings Bill, Betty, Bonnie, Dan and Benson, wife Darlyne, his daughter Dianna, and close friends waiting at the gates of heaven for him on Christmas Eve.

He left this writing for us to share with you.

The Day Will Come
If I can live to make some face smile and to give or even start a bit of comfort to any aching heart
A shine to some tearful eye or cheer some stranger passing by
If I can lend a little help to the troubled or perhaps defend their rights, though my lips be bare
A few will know that I was there and on that day all will be well
If I can hear the angels tell
While dark clouds pass and the sun does shine
He did his best for one of thine..
Remember me! BBS


Franklin Edward Humes, Jr.

Franklin Edward Humes, Jr. (Ed) of Casper, Wyoming passed away on February 3, 2020 peacefully and surrounded by his family.  

Ed was born on November 25, 1952 to Frank and Donna (Burns) Humes in Newcastle, Wyoming.  He graduated from Newcastle High School and went on to attend, and graduate from, WyoTech in Laramie.  

Ed moved to Casper where he eventually met and married the love of his life Linda Wonderly Rone.  They married on Valentine’s Day February 14, 1976.  Shortly after, they moved to Newcastle where they spent a lot of their married life and eventually came back to Casper for the past 32 years. Ed never met a stranger and could talk to anyone he met on the street and become fast friends.

Ed and Linda had 4 beautiful children, 7 wonderful grandchildren, and 1 great grandchild that made them so happy.

Ed is preceded in death by his parents, his nephew Adam Bowman, and his best friend Harley the dog.

Ed is survived by his loving wife Linda, his daughter Valeri (Noel) Hudson of Casper, son Jeff (Jana) Humes of Rowlett, TX, daughter Penny Van Holland (Justin Belmont) of Casper, daughter Nicole (Terry) Lane of Casper, his grandchildren Kayla Humes (Hannah), Tyler Hudson, Justin Humes (Caitlin), Stephen Hudson, Chris Hudson, Wesley Van Holland, Josh Lane, and his great granddaughter Gracie Paige Humes, and his sister Susan (Sonny) Rone.

In lieu of flowers please make a donation to the Wyoming Patriot Guard or Casper Crush Baseball.  A celebration of life will be held on June 10, 2020 at 10 a.m. at Newcomer Funeral Home.


Alice Elaine Richter

Alice Elaine Richter, 91. of Casper, Wyoming, passed away on February 8, 2020, following a lengthy battle with Alzheimer’s.

In keeping with the wishes of Alice no services will be held. Cremation and burial will take place under the direction of Newcomer Casper Chapel.

Alice Elaine Havlicek was born August 13, 1928 in Crete, Nebraska. She was the daughter of Lumir and Bertha (Boekel) Havlicek. Alice grew up in Crete, graduating from Crete High School. Following high school she attended Doane College in Crete for two years. After Doane College she attended the Colorado State College (CSC) of Education in Greely, Colorado, now known as Northern Colorado University. Alice earned her Bachelor of Arts in Education from CSC.

After graduation from college Alice worked as an elementary school teacher in Nebraska, California and Wyoming. In December of 1952 Alice married Charles L. Richter. They lived in Casper, Wyoming most of their married life, except for a couple of years in Worland, Wyoming. After settling in Casper Alice taught for over 25 years in the Casper schools. Most of that time was spent in the elementary physical education program and as a physical education teacher at Dean Morgan Junior High School. She retired from the Natrona County School District in May of 1984.

Alice is survived by her two sons, Charles, Jr. and his wife Kathy of Park City, UT and David of Casper, WY; Two grandsons, Zachary and Caleb; Five great grandchildren Quinn, Hallie, Layne, Luke and Lilly.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Lumir and Bertha Havlicek; brothers Larry, Gerald and Byron Havlicek; and her husband, Charles.

Alice’s remains will be buried with her husband Charles’ remains at Oregon Trail State Veteran’s Cemetery in Evansville, Wyoming.