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Obituaries: O’Grady, Plenger

Linda Raye O’Grady

CASPER, Wyo. –

Linda Raye O’Grady passed away on Friday, March 13th, 2020 after a short illness, she was 71.

Linda was born on June 12th, 1948, to Westley and Clara Van Buskirk (Edwards) of Casper, Wyoming. She graduated from Natrona County High School in Casper, Wyoming in 1966. She had one daughter, Renee, born in 1971, and one son Rory, born in 1976. Linda was a musician and played the clarinet in the Casper Municipal Band in the 70s and early 80s. She worked in real estate and later in insurance. In later years, she pursued an education in political science and ran for county commissioner.

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She was preceeded in death by her first husband, David Brower, and her parents, Clara Mae and Westley Leroy Van Buskirk.

She is survived by her daughter and son in law, Renee and Paul Boucher, and grandsons Landon Crahan, Skylar Crahan, and Hunter Feth, all in Graham, Texas, her son and daughter in law, Rory and Cassie Shogren, and granddaughter, Paige Shogren, all in Casper, Wyoming, as well as brothers, David Van Buskirk (Carol) in Teresa, Wisconsin, Charles Van Buskirk, in Edgewood, Maryland.

Cremation has taken place and a life celebration will be planned at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family would like memorial donations to be made to the National Down Syndrome Society ( or the Alzheimer’s Foundation (

Patrick Michael Plenger

Patrick Michael Plenger, age 65, of Casper, passed away March 11, 2020 at his home surrounded by his family.

Patrick was born July 23, 1954 in Roundup, Montana to John and Hazel (Yount) Plenger. He married to his beautiful loving wife, Dorothy Burkhalter in 1993 and together started a family.

He attended the University of Houston where he obtained his PhD Degree in Neuropsychology. He worked for over 20 years as a Neuropsychologist and Clinical Director at Pate Rehabilitation in Dallas, Texas.

He helped rehabilitate innumerable clients, and touched many families and coworker’s lives. He enjoyed running in competitions, playing guitar, singing, joking, reading, traveling and watching sports. He loved being a father participating in his son’s sports, scouting events, and extracurricular activities. Patrick always had a smile on his face and made sure that others in the room did too. The only thing that outweighed his smile was his wittiness, generosity, and charisma.

Patrick was preceded in death by his loving wife of 24 years, Dorothy Plenger, and his father by choice, Harold Carrell. He is survived by his mother, Hazel Carrell, sons, Evan Patrick Plenger and Eric Michael Plenger, siblings, Connie Wagner, John Plenger, Elizabeth Vernetti, Tamie Jackson and Pamela Carrell, numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorial contributions may be made to ALS Association of Texas, 5830 Granite Pkwy, Plano, TX 75024 in Patrick’s memory.