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Obituaries: Carabajal, Axlund, Voyles, Gottfried, Barnes

Kimberly Carabajal

CASPER, Wyo. –

Kimberly Carabajal, 40, of Casper, WY passed away peacefully on Thursday April 9, 2020 at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora, CO of Respiratory Failure.

One of the happiest days of her life was the day she gave birth to her beautiful daughter Savannah Kay. 

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Kim worked at KFC and Taco Johns for many years. She completed The Climb Wyoming Program on August 14, 2013 as a CNA. Kim then went on to work for Poplar Living Center for a short time. The last couple of years, Kim was working at Independent Opportunities as a Direct Support Professional for adults with Special needs.

Kim enjoyed volleyball, softball, bowling, camping, spending time with her daughter, family, friends and watching her team The Denver Broncos.

Kim is survived by her daughter Savannah, parents Debbie and Jackie Sr., twin sister Kay (Chad), brother JJ (Karla), Grandma Linda, numerous aunt’s, uncle’s, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

She proceeded in death by her grandparents, aunt’s, and uncle’s. 

Kim is loved so much by all and will be greatly missed. Forever in our hearts.

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


Josephine Ruth Green Axlund

Josephine Ruth Green Axlund, 91, died on April 15, 2020 in Casper, WY. She was the daughter of homesteaders in eastern Montana, a Gold Star wife, a career librarian, and a lifelong learner.

Born to Patrick and Edna Nichols December 29, 1928 in Miles City, Montana, she grew up in Otter, Montana, and graduated from Lodge Grass High School, Lodge Grass, MT in 1946. She received a Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Eastern Montana College in 1959. At age 60, she earned her Master’s Degree in Computers in Education from Leslie College.

Jo married William (Bill) M. Green on her 19th birthday in Lodge Grass at Our Lady of Loretto Church. They lived in Missoula and St. Xavier, Montana before relocating to Billings, Montana in 1952. Jo was widowed at age 26 when her husband died in 1955. She raised their four children, – ages 6, 4, 3, and 3 months – on her own for the next 14 years. In 1969 she married Donald (Don) L. Axlund and moved from Billings, Montana to Casper, Wyoming.

A dedicated librarian, she worked at Eastern Montana College and Lincoln Junior High School in Billings. In Casper she worked at Natrona County High School and Kelly Walsh High School. She retired from Kelly Walsh in 1994 after 35 years in education. She was especially proud that all four of her children earned college degrees.

Jo touched the lives of her family as well as many students, teachers, co-workers, and friends. She often gave quietly and generously to students who needed a meal or a musical instrument for band, or to co-workers who needed a little cash to get by. She understood making ends meet and she gave discreetly without wanting recognition.

Josephine is survived by four children: Mike (Laurie) Green of Lancaster, CA; Rachele Kaneshiro of Casper; Nicolet Whearty (Jim Reynolds) of Helena, MT; and Marie Celine (Mark) Stegelman of Casper. She is survived by 8 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her sister Lucille Bradley of Billings, MT; her sister Virginia Mourich of Forest Grove, OR; and her brother Vincent Nichols of Mesa, AZ. She is preceded in death by her parents Patrick and Edna Nichols, brothers Louis Nichols and Patrick R. Nichols, and sisters Clara Rolfness, Viola Wynkoop, and Catherine McKeever.

In honor of Jo’s life, please make a donation to: Central Wyoming Hospice; Natrona County Public Library Foundation, Billings Parmly Library Foundation, an organization that benefits students, agencies that provide food for those in need, or a charity of your choice.

A memorial service in Jo’s honor will be held at a later date this summer. She will be buried next to her husband Bill in the Sunset Memorial Gardens in Billings, Montana.


Don Voyles

Don Voyles, age 87 of Casper Wyoming went to be with his Lord on April 10, 2020. Don was born to William Jesse Voyles and Jane Smith Voyles in Cement, OK on July 21, 1932. Don was one of 5 children, sister Lenora, brothers Alvin Jesse “Billie”, Clarence William “Pete” and Jack Lee. Don’s family moved to the Lovell and Powell area when he was 12 years old. Don then moved to Worland when he was a freshman in high school and graduated from Worland High School in 1951.

Don met and married the love of his life Shirley Burnett in Powell. They were truly happy and were very much in love and cared for each other for over 68 years. They were a wonderful example to everyone around them of what a solid and true marriage should be.

Don’s job in the oil field industry moved them numerous times throughout Wyoming, Nebraska and Montana. They had settled in Casper since 1978 and loved spending time with family and friends.

Don was a wonderful man, very caring, generous with his time, love and talents. He was a very genuine man with so much integrity and passion. Don loved playing music at his church and was a Man of Faith. Don could play the piano, organ, guitar, banjo, harmonica and steel guitar all by ear, he could not read a note of music. Don played with several groups entertaining people in assisted living and full care facilities around the Casper area. Don had a real talent for wood working, he made rocking motorcycles, rocking planes, little wooden vehicles for so many little people he loved, he made picnic tables, lamps, clocks and too many items to mention. We all said if Papa can’t fix it you need to buy a new one! “Papa” loved watching the grandkids and great grandkids play baseball, basketball, football and soccer over the years.

Don and Shirley had two children, Jan Davis (Tom) of Worland and Greg who was married to Theresa Ryan formerly of Worland. Greg died in an auto accident a few years after he and Theresa were married. Theresa remained a part of their lives, Don was a very important part of her family. Don had 4 grandsons Toby Davis (Brandi) Las Vegas and Corey Davis (Jennifer) Worland, Cameron and Garrett Spaeth both of Fort Collins, 4 great grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews. Don will be greatly missed and was loved by many.

In lieu of flowers please donate to Calvary Baptist Church, your favorite charity, or do something special for someone.


Bette Jean Gottfried

Bette Jean Gottfried, age 91, of Casper, Wyoming passed away April 9, 2020 at Central Wyoming Hospice. Bette was born February 19, 1929 in Bartlett, Nebraska to Edwin and Geneva (Taylor) Unangst. She graduated from Wheeler County High School in Bartlett, Nebraska in 1946. She married Paul K. Gottfried on aUGUST 8, 1949 AT Esterbrook Church in Douglas, Wyoming. She was employed as a Telephone Operator for Mountain Bell Telephone Company for 3 years. She was a homemaker for the majority of her life caring for her family and gardening. Bette was a member of First United Methodist Church in Casper. She belonged to Casper Rockhound Club for many years and went on many field trips. She worked elections at Wardwell for many years. She volunteered at blood draws for the Red Cross and at the Central Wyoming Rescue Mission. She enjoyed crossword puzzles and putting together jigsaw puzzles. She had numerous pets over the years, but enjoyed her dachshunds. In retirement, she enjoyed traveling numerous places in the US, Australia, and Hawaii.

In addition to her parents, Bette was also preceded in death by her loving husband of 34 years, Paul K. Gottfried, sisters, Mildred Scheel, Marian Krause, Hettie Bohlmann, Lola Freeman, brother, William Unangst, grandson, Chad Miller, great-granddaughter, Braylee Fox, and great-grandson, Moe Ryan Kennedy. She is survived by her daughter, Sharon (Rob Sanders) Kennedy, daughter, Paula (Lee) LaPointe, daughter, Linda (Glenn) Davis, daughter, Margo (Jim Kirkpatrick) Twiggs, son, Joseph (Laurie) Gottfried, sister, Maxine Wingert, sister, Georgia Sternberg, brother, Robert (Linda) Unangst, 15 grandchildren, 30 great-grandchildren, 2 great-great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.

No services will be held at this time.

Memorial contributions may be made to American Red Cross or Central Wyoming Rescue Mission in Bette’s memory.


Laverne Dove Barnes

Laverne Dove Barnes, 92, of Casper passed away peacefully in St Louis, MO where she had recently moved to be near one of her sons.

Laverne was born in Cleveland, Ohio on November 28, 1927, the daughter of James P. McFarland and Frances T. Koelliker. After high school, Laverne married Dean Barnes, an engineering student at The Ohio State University. Dean’s petroleum engineering career took them to Casey, Illinois; Billings, Montana; Glenrock, Wyoming and finally to their “forever home”, Casper where she and Dean moved in 1963. Laverne absolutely loved Casper and the Wild West. (She was clearly the best unpaid Chamber of Commerce representative Casper could ever want.)

Laverne’s home life was dedicated to raising her three sons, Ron, Randy & Phil. She always believed that to be the “most important” work in her life. She was a wonderful mother……..a model for all parents for sure! Laverne always enjoyed Thanksgiving and Christmas trips to see her sons in far away places where sons’ careers had taken them, ranging from Boston, to Houston, to Hong Kong and points in between. These were always wonderful family celebrations which Laverne cherished.

Laverne was active in the Casper community, having been a member of P.E.O. and DAR. Through the years she also served as treasurer of Blue Envelope Health Fund and volunteered at Fort Casper and The Nicolaysen Art Museum. She was an active tennis player up until her early 80’s and always enjoyed her annual trip with her three sons to the BNP Paribas Tennis Tournament played at Indian Wells, CA. She was also known to enjoy the nickel slot machines and complimentary cocktails when she visited her son, Randy, in Las Vegas. Laverne spent many enjoyable hours with friends over the years. She was active in her book club, card making on Casper Mountain, attending the Casper Symphony, playing cards – “pan” or just enjoying a “sticky bun” at Johnny J’s Diner. She was also famous for her homemade apple pies and her peanut butter balls and enjoyed making them for her family and friends and enjoyed teaching her great grandchildren the finer points of baking.

Laverne is survived by her older sister, Vira, and younger brother, Jim, of Columbus, Ohio; sons Ron (Mary Anne), Randy, and Phil (Arlene); grandchildren Ben (Tammy), Peter (Dasha), Jeff, Erin, Brian, Garrett (Sheena), Jessy (Chris), Brent (Julie) and great grandchildren Kaila, Leah, Alex and Natalie.

Laverne loved life and always had a “can do” attitude. She will be greatly missed by her family and friends. God speed, Mom……………..We love you!!

There will be a celebration of Laverne’s life later this year.

Donations may be made to the United Methodist Church or Central Wyoming Hospice.