Obituaries: Harden-Pearson, Park, Cottrell, Nickerson, Ramsey, Sides - Casper, WY Oil City News
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Obituaries: Harden-Pearson, Park, Cottrell, Nickerson, Ramsey, Sides

Mandi Jo Harden-Pearson

CASPER, Wyo. –

Mandi Jo Harden-Pearson passed February 16, 2020 at age 42. Services will be officiated at Christ United Methodist Church, 1868 S. Poplar, Casper, Wyoming 82601. On Saturday, March 14, 2020 P.M.

Mandi was born in Casper, Wyoming on December 20, 1977. As a child, she enjoyed modeling, cheerleading at Centennial Junior High and she graduated from Kelly Walsh in 1996. Mandi was past Honor Queen of Jobs Daughters, Bethel 40.

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She married Chad Pearson. Mandi and Chad had four beautiful children; Annika, Marilyn, Josh and Elijah.

Mandi is survived by her children; Annika, Marilyn, Josh and Elijah; her mother, Karen Harden, father, William Harden and siblings; Tamara Larimore, Skip Harden and Chad Harden.

Her bright and loving spirit with kindness toward all will be sadly missed by all who knew her.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Cancer Society.

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

Sterling Park

Sterling Park: March 6, 1984 ~ February 20, 2020 (age 35)

Sterling Shane Park unexpectedly passed away on 02/20/20 at approximately 07:35 am as his Heavenly Father cradled him lovingly in his arms. Sterling was a mixture of all things high energy. He loved fast cars, loud jams (he was a juggalo for those who know), and all things Silver.

One of his first crushes was Dad’s 1968 Camaro. With that infatuation came a lifelong love affair with just about every facet of the automotive world. It also inspired Sterling to pursue some college course credit while in High School as well as picking up an evening job with Kenny Rogers Roasters at the hearty age of 15 so he could save up some cash for his first car. I’ve heard Ster describe a sleek automobile as “Sexy” on more occasions than I can count. In one hilarious display he even gave a playful slap to a photograph in a magazine. When I say he loved cars I really mean it. It was also around these formative years that Sterling was introduced to a Horror Rap group known as the Insane Clown Posse by our Big Brother Jesse. It was entirely normal to hear Sterling mimicking his favorite rap duo regaling all in attendance with such hits as the Great Malenko, Chicken Huntin’, and Homies.

Sterling possessed an unbeatable work ethic and drive (with proper motivation) always keeping his ride in pristine condition and ensuring that he was flossin’ (That’s dressed well for you elderly folks). I would marvel as I watched him iron his Levi’s, collared shirt, and then ensure his chain, complete with Hatchet Man pendant, were perfectly in place. Sterling was charming, charismatic, and could make friends easily. He truly valued his friendships and was seldom, if ever, found alone. Always going here or there to drop by and say what’s up. This very trait lead him to one of the great pinnacles of life as he found a special young lady and they welcomed a Son and Daughter into their lives. Sterling loved his children and there is no greater example of that than his boy Damian or his selfless service and devotion to his Daughter Savanna. If Damian were anymore like Sterling you would swear he had been cloned. Sterling was always ready, willing, and able to lend a helping hand to his friends. The passion and fervor with which he tackled life was amply applied to whatever he set his mind to and boy could my Brother hustle and grind.

In an honest and unfiltered way I must also acknowledge that life is filled with many trials and challenges. Sterling was no stranger to this universal truth. I believe this can be summed up very well in the words of another of his favorite musical groups Twiztid from the song “We Don’t Die”, ”It’s hard to explain the element of my self inflicted pain we’re not positive, and upliftin’ f*** you walk a mile in our shoes.” Sterling was a fighter. He struggled every day to find his place on this earth. Bravely moving forward scars borne for all to see. I just hope that when we think of him our thoughts can be guided by his virtues and not his vices.

We love you Sterling and look forward to seeing you again.

He is survived by his Parents Shane and Kayleen Park, his Son Damian, and Brother Joshua. Sterling was preceded in death by his Daughter Savanna and Sister Ashley Lavering. He is already and will be sorely missed may he Rest In Peace and awaken unto a glorious resurrection. 

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

Larry Neil Cottrell

Larry Neil Cottrell: June 24, 1948 ~ February 20, 2020 (age 71)

Larry Cottrell passed away peacefully on February 20, 2020 surrounded by his children.

Larry was born in Coalville, Utah on June 24, 1948 to Ralph and Gladys Cottrell. Larry spent his younger years between the family farm in Burlington, Wyoming and in Cody, Wyoming where his father was an educator and high school principal. Larry could tell endless stories of the adventures he and his siblings had together on the farm.

Larry’s family moved to Evanston, Wyoming where he graduated from high school in 1966. Larry went on to graduate from Brigham Young University and The San Francisco College of Mortuary Science.

Larry returned to Wyoming after Mortuary College. He spent seven years in Buffalo, Wyoming while serving his apprenticeship before moving his family to Casper. Larry considered himself a true “Wyomingite” and made Casper his permanent home. Larry led a very successful career for over 40 years as a Mortician and Funeral Director at Memorial Chapel Funeral Home, followed by many years at Bustard’s Funeral Home. Larry touched the lives of so many families and coworkers throughout the years with his kind and professional approach.

Larry shared three children with his former spouse, Kathryn Wold Cottrell. Larry loved nothing more than spending time with family and sharing his many stories. Larry enjoyed camping, fishing, watching old westerns, and listening to music.

Larry will be remembered for his generous heart, giving nature, and his gift of storytelling. Larry was rarely seen without his Stetson cowboy hat and Tony Lama boots.

Larry is survived by his children, Eric (Jenny) Cottrell, Tara (Russ) Fleetwood, and Cindy (Sophorn) Yann; grandchildren, Damond Cottrell, Rio Fleetwood, and Landen Yann; siblings, Paula (Wynn) Ferrell, Gordon (Darlene) Cottrell, and Mark (Linda) Cottrell. Larry will also be fondly remembered by many nieces, nephews, extended family members, and friends.

Larry was preceded in death by his parents, Ralph and Gladys Cottrell, and his beloved grandson and best friend, Joshua Schanck-Cottrell.

A memorial service will be held to honor the life of Larry Cottrell on Saturday, February 29, 2020 at 10:00 at Bustard’s Funeral Home. A reception will follow.

In lieu of flowers, donations and memorials can be made in Larry’s name to Central Wyoming Hospice

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

Herschel LaVern Nickerson

Herschel LaVern Nickerson: May 11, 1956 ~ February 20, 2020 (age 63)

The pillar of our family left for his forever fishing trip on February 20, 2020. Herschel LaVern Nickerson passed away quietly at home with his wife Sandy and dog Maggie close by, listening to his nephew share fishing stories.

Herschel was born May 11, 1956, to Herschel Sr and Loretta Nickerson in Nebraska. Soon after Herschel was born, the Nickersons moved to Casper. Herschel’s childhood was filled with many adventures and shenanigans with his 5 siblings: Kirby, Ron “Umper”, Pam, Rhonda and Teresa. Included in the shenanigans was his ‘nother sister Sam. They all played together and fought together. They always had each other’s back. Each of them will carry special memories about their brother, too many to list.

Herschel’s early days were also filled with hours of fishing on the North Platte River, not far from home. This began his lifetime love and passion for fishing. He never met a walleye that he didn’t like (to catch). Herschel finally shared his secret recipe for fried fish to the delight of family and friends. He was quite familiar with Alcova Lake and Pathfinder Reservoir, making many trips with his friend Bob Stanley. Herschel made an annual trip to Lake Christina with family and friends and was a regular participant in the annual Hawg Ice Fishing Derby. Once in a lifetime fishing trips included deep sea fishing with Umper and Ed in California and salmon fishing in Alaska with his friend Joe Gormley.

But fishing doesn’t pay the bills. Herschel’s career as a welder and shop foreman spanned five decades. He had a talent for creating and building. He had a vision for what needed to be done and always saw that it was.

Herschel met the love of his life, Sandy, through a mutual friend in 1985. He didn’t hesitate to accept her children as his own. Ed, Debbie, Melissa and April each held a special place in his heart – as their friend, as a confidant and as a second father. Herschel later welcomed their spouses with open arms – Jordan, Woody and Aaron became his friends too. Their children became his grandchildren, a source of great pride for him. He was their Poppy and they loved him so.

Herschel worked hard, played harder and always found time for his loved ones: taking care of his little sisters, answering the call from anyone who needed help, being the loyal friend to so many and gifting his grandkids, nieces and nephews with beautiful memories. He also took great pride in his home with Sandy, building a beautiful deck with Ed to watch the Wyoming sky and creating a comfortable space to relax.

Herschel will be remembered most for his will to live and love of his family. He fought valiantly against cancer and its many complications for 12 years. His positive spirit and resiliency strengthened all of us. The humor he shared formed bonds with the many nurses and doctors who cared for him. Sandy, who loved him unconditionally and cared for him every day, made sure he had what he needed, took him to appointments and advocated for him. Between the two of them, Herschel and Sandy never quit fighting.

There will never be enough words or time to express the gratitude for the countless ways that friends, family and neighbors showed their support and offered their help. For the sweets, food and meals, thank you for the nourishment. For shoveling and plowing of snow, thank you for taking the time. For the visits, words of encouragement and the laughter, thank you for strengthening his spirit.

He will be greatly missed by his wife Sandy and their children, his siblings, 12 grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren, 41 nieces and nephews, numerous cousins and an abundance of friends.

Please join us in a Celebration of Life on Saturday, February 29th at 11:00am at The Hall on Ash in Casper. Feel free to wear your gear from the University of Wyoming, Colorado Rockies or Denver Broncos. In lieu of flowers, please donate to Central Wyoming Hospice in Herschel’s name.

Alice L. Ramsey

Alice L. Ramsey: 1927 – 2020

Alice was born in a tiny town in northeastern Indiana on March 14, 1927. She was the oldest of 3 siblings.

She was as surprised as any one when she found out she was the salutatorian of her graduating high school class.

After high school she attended business college and went on to work as a book keeper in a bank. She was then employed in the main office of the merchandising company of W.T. Grant until the mid 1970s. She then worked as the office manager for Turnstone until her retirement in

In 1945, she married the love of her life when he returned from the Pacific Theater after WWII.

Of this marriage, there were 3 children over the span of 18 years. Growing up being frugal, she was a keeper of everything that she thought she might need again, or things that contained sentimental value (and most everything had sentimental value) or items given to her by
ancestors or current family.

Throughout her life, her family was her most precious gift. She was the keeper of the memories and she loved to impart those memories on her children, grandchildren and great grand children. She would impart wisdom often reflecting on her own hard learned lessons from life.

She brought her own brand of common sense to any situation which could be followed by a warm hug or a rap on the back of the head which ever the situation called for.

She had an infectious laugh and once started, the laughter would lead to more laughter often laughing at nothing at all. She was always up for an adventure, no matter how crazy it sounded if she was surrounded by those she loved. As she got older and less adventurous, she loved to tell the kids about her antiques to continue family memories and she became the “best
customer” when it came to playing hair salon or tea party with her youngest great granddaughters.

After retirement, she moved to Wyoming to be near her youngest grand children, but where ever she was, she always yearned to be near her other grandchildren also and so she developed a love of travel. Into her mid 80’s, she would show her strength by driving by herself across the States for extended visits with her Indiana family and back again to Wyoming. The
first of her great grand children were twins and called her Grammie, which stuck and she remained Grammie to all her great grandchildren. She spent many summers with the twins from rocking them as babies to watching them grow into adults. They have memories of the 3 of them laying in bed at night giggling for hours and playing memory games.

Recently, every other week or so, she would wait to get a call from her youngest great grandson who would tell her all about learning to swim and a dive that he made. That would remain a topic of many conversations until the next call came.

During her retirement, she developed a love of genealogy, and spend countless hours on the computer or in any library looking up some obscure part of the family tree. She was also an active member of the Phi Beta Psi sorority, the American Legion auxiliary, the United Methodist Women and she volunteered for the local hospital.

After losing her eyesight to macular degeneration, she developed a passion for listening to her talking books. She looked forward to visits from her friends from the Wyoming Senior Citizens Respite program, her intermittent care givers from Mel’s Helping Hands and Rocky Mountain
Oncology and her Stephen Ministers. All started as acquaintances but ended as true friends.

Friends always meant as much to her as family and until her death she continued to talk on the phone with a dear friend that she had been friends with since they were little girls.

She was proceeded in death by her parents, her younger brother, her oldest son, and one granddaughter.

She is survived by her son and daughter, several daughters in law, 4 grand children and their spouses, 8 great grand children, a sister and numerous nieces and nephews.

No services are planned at this time at her request with a memorial service at a later date.

Memorials can be made to the Charity of your Choice or to the Wyoming Department of Education, Vision Outreach Services.

Kurt R. Sides

Kurt R. Sides, age 61, of Casper, passed away February 16, 2020 at his home. Kurt was born December 8, 1958 in Lusk, Wyoming to James and Marjorie (McFarland) Sides. Kurt graduated from Natrona County High School. Kurt enjoyed spending time outdoors – hunting, fishing, and camping. His greatest enjoyment was being a grandpa and playing games with his grandchildren.

Kurt was preceded in death by his parents, and sister, Cathy. He is survived by his wife of 38 years, Carolyn Sides, son, Ryan Sides, daughter, Heather (J.R.) Boyles, 3 grandchildren, Kaidence, Alianna, and Carson Boyles, and 2 sisters, Linda and Marilyn

A celebration of life was held Sunday, February 23, 2020 from 2-4 p.m. at his daughter’s home.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The Casper Humane Society in Kurt’s memory.