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Obituaries: Chavez, Amburn, Forbes

Rayalan Chavez

CASPER, Wyo. –

Rayalan Chavez, resident of Casper, WY passed away at home on May 8, 2020 at 57 years old.

He was always keeping busy with his many hobbies. He loved hunting, fishing, watching football, and Bruce Lee movies.

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He made his living doing one of his favorite things, welding. But his true love was his family. He made everyone feel loved who knew him and he made sure you knew it.

He was such a kind and loving person who always had a joke to tell and a laugh that was contagious. He will be missed by so many.

He leaves behind his significant other Caroly Thornock, the mother of his daughters Gigi Thompson, his daughters Tasha and Dawnae Chavez, his daughter Kalee Blazek. Grandchildren Chance, Maria, Savion, Davin, and Tristan. Parents Ray and Carmen Chavez, sisters Gerrie Stearns, Corrina Meyer, and Clorie Webb. He had many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins.

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


Margaret Merlin (Miller) Amburn

Margaret Merlin (Miller) Amburn, 93 of Casper, Wyoming, passed away on May 8, 2020 at the Mountain Plaza Assisted Living in Casper, Wyoming.

Margaret, one of three children of Harry and Laverne (Braley) Miller, was born on April 5, 1927 in Hay Springs, Nebraska. She graduated from Hay Springs High School in Hay Springs. Through her school years, Margaret worked helping her parents in the bakery and café businesses they operated, and became a full time mother and homemaker in later years.

Margaret and Harold Eugene Amburn were united in marriage on April 24, 1946 at St. Columbkill Church in Hay Springs, following Harold’s return from serving in the United States Army Air Force during World War II. Their marriage was blessed with three children, Terry, Cheryle, and Phillip. Harold worked for the Chicago & North Western Railroad in Chadron, Nebraska, and in 1957 took a job with the railroad in Casper, Wyoming, where they lived and spent their retirement years. Harold passed away in November of 2000, after 54 years of marital bliss, and Margaret continued to live in her family home, until she was 90.

Margaret was a member of the Alter and Rosary Circle at Our Lady of Fatima Church in Casper. She was active in the church with religious education, youth groups, church ministries, and volunteer activities within the community, supporting Mended Heart Health and Cancer awareness. Among her enjoyments were baking and spending time with her family, and grand kids, and great grands, travelling to many different locations to visit them. She was a wonderful wife, mom, grandmother, great grandmother, and a good friend to members of her parish, the neighborhood, and a friend to all who knew and loved her.

Margaret was preceded in death by her parents, Harry and Laverne and brothers Francis and Donald.

Margaret is survived by her children, Terry (Annette} Amburn of Glenwood, Iowa, Cheryle (Randy) Farmer of Casper, and Phillip (Helen) Amburn of Sandy, Utah; 14 grandchildren; 32 great grandchildren; 1 niece Lori (Terry) Curry of South Sioux City, Nebraska; other relatives; and many friends.

“Margaret’s family would like to thank the staff at Mountain Plaza Assisted Living and to Central Wyoming Hospice for their kindness and support.”

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Central Wyoming Hospice, Mountain Plaza Assisted Living, or Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church.


Shannon Forbes age 73, passed away on Monday, May 4, 2020 in Casper, Wyoming. She was born on November 11, 1946 in Golden, Colorado. No services are planned at this time. 

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