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Obituaries: Molyneux, Ford, Tyler, Wheat, Coleman, Fredricks, Craft,

John Albert Molyneux

John Albert Molyneux: March 18, 1947-March 23, 2020

John was born in Casper Wyoming to John Wilson Molyneux and Ruth Leola Mitchell Molyneux.

He was employed in heavy equipment parts for many years before working for The Natrona County School District in 1986. He was a custodian at various schools before becoming a bus driver. He drove special needs
children until he retired in 2014.

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John married Jean Franklin (Coleman) in 2005. John and Jean did a lot of traveling around the western states and eventually settled in Lake Havasu City Arizona. The low altitude and dry desert air was good for John. Many hobbies included woodworking, inventing, and classic cars.

John passed at the Polidori Hospice in Lake Havasu City on March 23 ,2020. He was preceded in death by both his parents, brother Joe., and sister Berdena.

He is survived by his wife Jean, daughter Teresa of Reedley Ca., and several nephews from the Casper area.

There will be a memorial at a later date in Casper, as interment will be at Highland Cemetery.


Jacqueline Jeanne Ford

Jacqueline Jeanne Ford, age 73, a Casper native, after a seven year battle with Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis, passed away peacefully in her sleep at home here in Casper early Thursday morning April 9, 2020.

She was born July 15, 1946 in Casper to Bion John “BJ” and Mary Margery (Harksen) Merchant.

Jacqueline attended local grade school, Junior High, and graduated from NCHS in 1964. In late 1971, while working as a Secretary at the Employment Security Commission of Wyoming (ESC) in Casper, she met Dale, an old acquaintance, who asked her if she would like to go to dinner on New  
Year’s Eve. She accepted. A month later Dale proposed to her and she accepted. On March 11, 1972, Jacqueline and Dale were married at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Casper.

She chose as her vocation to be a “stay-at-home” mom, which Dale readily agreed. The example she set for her children provided them with the character stability that they would need as they grew up.

After high school graduation, Jacqueline worked at Mountain Bell Telephone as a switchboard operator and later did the same at Pacific Power and Light Co. (PP&L) in Casper. She never forgot the experience she had with  PP&L on one day during July 1969 as Neil Armstrong was getting ready to climb down the lunar module and take that famous first step. At that time a partial power outage occurred in Casper. She said the switchboard lit up like the 4th of July with the calls coming in.

Later, while doing her hardest job as a stay-at-home mom, she and her best friend, Marcia Walker worked as Boy Scout troop leaders. They made a great team.

As time marched on, Jacqueline also worked at Catholic Social Services, the  
Boise Cascade call center, the Job Corps as a job placement specialist, the 2000 and 2010 Census office in Casper, and most recently as a Companion and Job Coach with the I-Reach agency which serves developmentally disabled citizens.

Jacqueline was a member of the Altar and Rosary Society at Our Lady of Fatima church in Casper. She was a great seamstress and made some of her own clothes, in addition to making the drapes and curtains for the home. Working in the garden was her favorite outdoor activity which she had to stop doing due to her illness. She made some nice looking socks and caps using her knitting/crocheting skills.

Reading, playing Mahjong with friends and cards with her mother were her favorite activities. 
This past summer she occasionally joined her husband in watching the Cleveland Indians baseball team on the MLB network and became familiar with many of the rules and game logistics.

Her demeanor, kindness, and caring attitude toward her family and others was a gift from God. She had a talent when it came to making people feel better (no matter what kind of bad day they might be experiencing). She was a great wife and an even better mother. She had the voice of an angel.

Jacqueline is survived by her husband, Dale, four children, Stephanie Sidebottom (Kelcey), Dennis Ford ( Davette), Patrick Ford (Dawn), and Paul Ford, ten grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. 
She is also survived by her sister, Myrna Courtney ( Jerry), and loving mother, Margery Merchant. She was preceded by her father B.J. Merchant, sister Kitty Ainsworth, brother John Merchant, and by one 
grandson, Bennett Ford.

A very special thank you to the staff at Frontier Home Health and Hospice for the quality and loving care they provided Jacqueline during the past two months. The familiy’s prayers go out to these wonderful and professional people.

Arrangements are entrusted to the care of Bustard & Jacoby Funeral Home, 600 CY Avenue, Casper, WY 82601.


Jesse E. Tyler of Thermopolis, Wyoming, age 31, passed away on April 9, 2020 in Casper, Wyoming. He was born on February 1, 1989 in Evanston, Wyoming. No services are planned at this time.


Shirley Ann Wheat, age 56, passed away on Tuesday, April 7, 2020 in Casper, Wyoming. Shirley was born on June 5, 1963 in Cottage Grove, Oregon. 

 Celebration Of Life will be held at a later date.

Arrangements are entrusted to the care of Bustard & Jacoby Funeral Home, 600 CY Avenue, Casper, WY 82601.


Betty Jean Coleman

Betty Jean Coleman, age 73, passed away on April 6, 2020 in Casper, Wyoming. She was born on December 29, 1946 in Sanger, Texas. Services will be held at a later date. Arrangements are entrusted to the care of Bustard & Jacoby Funeral Home, 600 CY Avenue, Casper, WY 82601.


Reita Josephine Fredricks, age 85, passed away on Sunday, April 5, 2020 in Casper, Wyoming. She was born on July 5, 1934 in Casper. 

A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. 

Arrangements are entrusted to the care of Bustard & Jacoby Funeral Home, 600 CY Avenue, Casper, WY 82601.


James Michael Craft, 55, passed away on Saturday, April 4, 2020 in Casper, Wyoming. He was born on October 3, 1964 in Sheridan, Wyoming.

Services will be held at a later date.

Arrangements are entrusted to the care of Bustard & Jacoby Funeral Home, 600 CY Avenue, Casper, WY 82601.