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Obituaries: Goodwin, Marquiss, Drumwright, Gettys, Lijewski


CASPER, Wyo. –

SISSY LARRY JAMES GOODWIN: July 3, 1946 ~ March 7, 2020 (age 73)

Sissy (Larry James) Goodwin, 73, moved to the giant powerplant in the sky on Saturday, March 7, 2020

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Larry was born to Doris Jean (Herrick) and Ferdinand DeSoto Mathews in Douglas, Wyoming on Wednesday, July 3, 1946.  After his parents’ divorce, he was raised by his mother and step father, James “Red” Goodwin.

Sissy’s story has been chronicled in the Casper Star Tribune, the Douglas Budget, the Casper College Chinook, and coast to coast from the Washington Post to the Los Angeles Times.  He appeared on NBC Dateline, and spoke on podcasts for Storycorp and Death, Sex, and Money.

But what his family wants you to know is that he was so much more than the man who wore dresses.  He was a wonderful husband, a devoted father, and a loving grandfather and great grandfather. 

Sissy was the person who stopped if you were stranded on the highway, who pitched inn to help you build a fence, clean your gutter, build your fish pond, or shovel your walks.  He was passionate about building a peaceful world, where people are judged on their character – not by the clothes they wear, not by the color of their skin, not by where they originated, not by who they love.  He traveled over the world to help those less fortunate build water systems and schools.

He was a respected educator much oved by his students.  He cherished his friendships. And he had many.

Sissy is survived by his wife, of 51 years, Vickie (nee Jones); his daughters, Debbie (Travis) Goodwin and Kristi Turner; granddaughters, Brittany Ratliff and Skye Ayres; great grandsons, Kaius and Issaac Ratliff; his sister, Judy Taylor; and friends of all ages and walks of life.

He was preceded in death by his parents, James “Red” Goodwin and Doris Barkley.

Sissy was cremated and interred at the Oregon Trail Veterans Cemetery in Evansville, Wyoming with military honors.  A Celebration of his wild, crazy, wonderful life will be held in, July, 2020  in the chapel at the Oregon Trail Veterans Cemetery.

If you wish to send a memorial please send donations to Veterans for Peace at;; or The Converse County Democrats via their Facebook page or c/o Vickie Goodwin 32 Fairway Drive, Douglas, Wyoming 82633; or The Wyoming State Democratic Party; or Central Wyoming Hospice at;has, or if you fell flush – all four.

The Gorman Funeral Homes – Converse Chapel of Douglas, Wyoming is in charge of the arrangements.

Condolences may be sent to the family at

Robert F. “Robby” Marquiss

Robert F. “Robby” Marquiss: 1938 – 2020

It’s said when hero’s die they become legends. Robby was a hero to a lot of us. May the legend live forever….

Services for Robert (Robby) Marquiss 81, will be held at 3:00 pm Thursday March 12, 2020 at Newcomers Family Funeral Home Chapel.

Robby passed away on Friday, March 7th, 2020 at Wyoming Medical Center surrounded by his loving family after a 4 year battle with cancer.

Robby was born September 12, 1938 in Newcastle, WY to John W and Josie M Marquiss. He was raised on Salt Creek at the family homestead until they moved to town in 1947 after the death of his dad. Robby attended Newcastle schools and graduated from Newcastle High School in 1957. His first job was at the Bowling Alley in Newcastle. He married Katharine Schulze in April of 1957 and they were married for 51 years until her death in 2008. Born to that union was Cheryl, Debora, John and James. He worked for Updike Brothers for 45 years and then that job took him to Sidney, MT as a tool pusher for 15 years. He then moved to Casper, WY continuing to work for Updike Brothers. Key Energy purchased Updike Brothers and Robby continued to work for them for 2 years.

Robby met Karen Wall in April 2010 and they were married April 7, 2012. They lived together in Mills, WY and enjoyed traveling, fishing, bowling, hunting and each other. With this union they combined two families that were the most important part of his life. He will be greatly missed. Robby was an avid bowler up until the time of his death and also was a great hunter and fisherman throughout his life. He truly treasured his time on his property in the Black Hills of South Dakota along with his friends and family. Robby was a true family man,who loved his family and the time that was spent with them. Robby was also a volunteer fireman in Newcastle, WY where he competed on the drill team and won numerous awards. He was also the Fire Chief during his time there.

Robby is survived by his wife Karen, his daughters Cheryl (Ken) Carr of Casper, Deb (Jeff) Schmidt of Poway, CA and his son Jim (Sandra) of Loveland, CO; six grandchildren and two great grandchildren, his stepchildren Tammy, Wendy, Ken, Trudy, Brian and numerous grandkids and great grandkids. He is also survived by his brothers Glen and Bill, his sisters Norma Jean, Bonnie Lou, and his baby sister Sandy and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

He is preceded in death by his parents, his wife Kathy, his son John and his brothers John Jr., Fred, Howard and also his sisters, Beverly and Linda.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Jason’s friends.

Service is Thursday, March 12, 2020 at 3 p.m. at Newcomer Cremations, Funerals & Receptions

Sherry Jean Drumwright

Sherry Jean Drumwright was born in Iowa Falls, IA in 1956. She passed away on March 4, 2020. She came from a long line of feisty women and was a credit to her ancestors. She was smart, funny and wasn’t afraid to speak her mind. She was a loving mother, grandmother, sister and a friend to many. She is survived by her children, siblings and grandchildren. She will be sorely missed.
Please join her family and friends on March 7, 2020 at the American Legion in Douglas, Wyoming at 5:00 pm for a Wake to celebrate her life. In lieu of flowers or cards, the family would appreciate donations to The Cancer Awareness Task Force or Wyoming Foundation for Cancer Care.


ROBERT CLAUDE GETTYS, age 90, passed away on March 2, 2020 peacefully at his home.  Services will be conducted at Bustard & Jacoby Funeral Home at 10:00 AM on Wednesday, March 11, 2020 with Pastor Mary Shivers Schmidt officiating.  Interment will be with military honors at Highland Cemetery in Casper following the service.  

Robert was born on January 26, 1930 to Claude L. and Izma V. (Hamm) Gettys in Sheridan WY.  He graduated from Sheridan High School and attended Sheridan College and then Whitman College in Walla Walla, WA.  He served for two years in the U.S. Army Signal Corps where he was stationed in Korea in 1952 and 1953 with the 101st Signal Batallion, IX Corps during the Korean conflict as a cryptographer.   

He married Marianne Kendall on June 5, 1953 in Sheridan WY.  They moved to Casper in 1954 where he was employed by the Department of Interior, US Geological Survey and became the Chief Accountant for the eight state Northern Rocky Mountain Region.  

Robert was active in the Wyoming Credit Union movement having served as President of the Casper Feds Federal Credit Union, President of the Pioneer Chapter of Credit Unions and Data Processing Specialist for the Wyoming Credit Union League.  He was also a charter member of the Golden Kiwanis Club of Casper and was awarded the lifetime membership in 2015.  

He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Marianne, daughter and son-in-law Karen (Gettys) and Jonathan P. Binder, MD of Casper, grandsons, Nicholas Aaron (Megan) of Jacksonville, FL and Matthew Sean of Waco, TX and one great-grandson, Declan, of Jacksonville, FL. 

Robert was proceeded in death by both of his parents.  

Memorials may be made to Central Wyoming Hospice and Transitions, 319 Wilson Street, Casper, WY or a charity of the donors choice.  

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

Services are Wednesday, March 11, 2020, 10 a.m. at Bustard & Jacoby Funeral Home

Greg M. Lijewski

Born June 20, 1953, youngest son of John and Genevieve Lijewski, died February 27, 2020.

Greg lived a simple life, working many years in the automotive industry. He was always willing to lend a helping hand to those in need.  He had a deep faith never missing Mass on Sunday or a holy day of obligation. He was very involved in the 12-24 club celebrating 21 years of sobriety.   He loved Baseball especially the Pittsburgh Pirates. 

Greg was preceded in death by his parents and brother John. He is survived by brothers Tim (Camille) of Australia and Larry (Katie) of Casper, and 2 sons.

Mass of Christian burial will be on Tuesday March 10, 2020, 10:00 A.M. at St Anthony’s Catholic Church.