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Obituaries: English, Shuler, Decker

Arlo Craig English

Arlo Craig English, 91, a long time Casper business owner and artist passed away December 9, 2019.   

Arlo was born May 17, 1928 in Mitchell, South Dakota. He attended schools in Mitchell and then earned his BFA at Dakota Wesleyan University. 

While in the Army from 1946-51, he served in Korea with the 430th Engineer Battalion.

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His service decorations include the Korean Service Medal and Bronze Star w/2 V awards. Following combat service overseas, his last assignment was with Military Intelligence and he was honorably discharged with the rank of Staff Sergeant. His country will acknowledge his service with military honors at his funeral.”

In 1950, between military deployments he married Muriel Hosking.  They would have celebrated 70 years together March 24.

When he returned from the Korean War, he began his lifetime career in the sign business. During this time through the 1950’s, he and Muriel moved from South Dakota to Denver 

and then in 1964, moved his family of 7 to Casper Wyoming, where he remained the rest of his life.

In Casper he worked for Markham advertising, and then owned Wyoming Sign Company for 40 years until arthritis took away the use of his hands and he was unable to keep up with the intricate demands needed for his profession. He closed Wyoming Sign in 2012.  Many of his artistic and creative signs can still be seen throughout Wyoming, Colorado and South Dakota.

In addition to his profession in the commercial sign business, Arlo found time to paint and sculpt, creating masterful bodies of work throughout his life. He began his artistic ventures at an early age, drawing caricatures as a child and then continued to study art through high school and then graduating with his Fine Art degree in college.

A large portion of his paintings are the results of early morning hours at his easel, serenaded by classical music. Some pieces were done from models, some from photos, some from memory; but all of them from the depths of his soul and imagination.

His work consists of different periods of his life, experimenting with a variety of subjects, styles and movements. Many of his later paintings depict his memories of the Korean War and the years he was deployed overseas. 

Arlo was a true intellectual in the sense that things such as politics or the opinions of others rarely swayed his opinions.  His imaginative capacity inspired his children, and this was his greatest connection to them. His deep capacity to influence his children is something from which he humbly derived much joy and satisfaction. His legacy now being that several of his children and grandchildren continued the pursuit of creative emphasis in their own life’s endeavors. 

Often it’s the small things that are moist poignantly remembered. Among the favorite memories we have of Arlo growing up was that he baked bread and cinnamon rolls late into the night so it was fresh and delicious first thing in the morning.

Arlo was preceded in death by his daughter, Terry and his son, Vincent.  Survivors include his wife of 70 years, Muriel, his children: Jim (Jinny), Suzette (Jim), Barbara (Tom) and Ron (Jennifer), 10 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren. 

Update: Arlo English’s services have been postponed until a date that will be announced later.

Lieu of flowers: Arlo was also an arborist at heart and held a deep fondness for trees.  Please plant a small tree in his honor or make donations to either the Arbor Day Foundation or Natrona County Meals on Wheels.


Phyllis W. Shuler

Phyllis W. Shuler, 90, of Douglas passed away Monday, February 24th at Wyoming Medical Center peacefully surrounded by her family. The lord and his angels welcomed her with their arms spread wide open to take her home and transition her from earth to heaven.

Phyllis was the fourth child born out of eleven on October 15th, 1929. She was raised in Bridgeport, Nebraska, daughter of Emiliano (Emer) and Myrtle (Roberts) Gusman where she was raised and schooled through the eighth grade. She remained in Bridgeport, Nebraska until she got married. As a young women she held a variety of jobs. Not a very glamorous one at that, she was paid 2 cents an hour for hoeing beets until she advanced to sweeping floors in a beauty shop for 10 cents an hour, and bagging groceries at the local market – just to name a few of her jobs.

She loved baking cinnamon rolls – which she excelled at, were the best. And loved most of all her peony garden, which she attended her whole life; her handy work was a sight to see. During her lifetime she made over 200 queen size croqueted Afghans for her grandchildren, children, friends and relatives. How she ever made time to bake, take care of 7 kids and have time to crochet is beyond belief. She had an angels touch. She was still at it up until the time of her death. Most of all she loved her grandchildren. What’s that “A heart of gold “; “Never a crossword ”, “A kiss and a cookie for a bad day.” – Just a few things that were heard around the room from the grown grandchildren. She was like no other grandma. She never spanked any of us, never. Just a few things, the list a mile long could be said, from one grown grandchild, as he wiped a tear away.

She was a true angel who is already missed dearly.
Phyllis is survived by her parents coincidentally. Her dad also passed on the 24th of February. So momma wasn’t alone she had grandpa waiting to help her crossover.

She was preceded in death by her parents Emiliano Emery, Myrtle (Roberts) Gusman, Siblings Maxine (2009), Francis (1949), Kathleen (1996), James Riley (1946), Husband; Donald (2013) Sons, Larry (2010), Bruce (1958), Son in law Gary (2012).

She is survived by her children, Wanda, Donald, (Sharon), Joyce (Bill), Rocky (Deb), Les, Peggy and Jerry (Kristy) 23 grandchildren, 23 great grandchildren and 9 great great grandchildren.

Cremation has taken place, a private service will be held at a later date at the Bridgeport Lutheran Church with burial in the Oregon Trail Cemetery in Bridgeport, Nebraska.

Memorials may be made to the American Kidney Foundation of America.


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 2:00 PM on Thursday, March 19, 2020. 

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.