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Obituaries: Nelson, Wilson, McJunkin

Maureen Melanie Nelson

CASPER, Wyo. –

Maureen Melanie Nelson: July 5, 1950 ~ June 10, 2020 (age 69)

Maureen Nelson (Wright) was born July 5, 1950 in Kemmerer, Wyoming to Maurice and June Wright.  She passed away peacefully at her home on June 10, 2020.  Maureen graduated Natrona County High School in 1968.  She retired from Natrona County Clerk’s Office in 2016 where she worked for many years.  Maureen loved socializing with family and friends.  She was always quick with a compliment and smile and she cared about others more than herself.  Maureen was known as the “cool” aunt, which explains why she was so beloved by her many nieces and nephews and their children over the years.  She loved watching movies and taking care of her beloved cats. 

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In recent days, Maureen’s immediate family came to understand that Maureen had been visiting her daughter previously given up for adoption years ago.  Daughter, Rebecca Palmer and granddaughters Lundyn and Aspynn reside in Green River, Wyoming. The family shares this information as reminder of Maureen’s love and care for others cementing her legacy for many.

She was proceeded in death by her parents and her sister Penny Kay Neubauer.  She is survived by her sister Sharon Ortiz (Max) of Casper, WY, her brother Gregory Wright of Longmont, CO, her sister Kitty Kirkley of Euless, TX.  She is survived by numerous nephews and nieces. 

Funeral services are scheduled to be held at Bustard’s Funeral Home – please visit www.bustardcares.com for the scheduled date and time.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Casper Humane Society.

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


Mary Elizabeth Wilson

Mary Elizabeth Wilson: May 6, 1921 ~ June 11, 2020 (age 99)

Mary Elizabeth Means Wilson, 99, of Casper, Wyoming passed away June 11, 2020. Mary was born May 6, 1921 in Osage County, Oklahoma and married Alvin E. Wilson in 1938. Mary was preceded in death by her parents, John Jackson Means and Glessie Pearl Wren, and her brothers and sisters, John Jackson Means Jr., Don Russell Means, Virginia Means Loftin, Ruby Bell Means Loudin and Gladys Means Vap.

Mary is survived by her six children, Gerald (Anita) Wilson, Howard (Nancy) Wilson, Kenneth (Pam) Wilson, Robert (Rudi) Wilson, Stephen Wilson and Theresa (Barry) Olson.

Mary loved her family, which includes 19 grandchildren, 35 great grandchildren and 5 great- great grandchildren. All will miss her.

Viewing will be held at Bustard’s Tuesday, June 16 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., ending with the Rosary. Mass of Christian Burial will be at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church on Wednesday June 17 at 10:30 a.m. Interment will follow at Highland Cemetery.

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


Jacob A. “Jake” McJunkin

Jacob A. “Jake” McJunkin, a resident of Lander, Wyoming, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by family on Wednesday, June 3rd, 2020, at the age of 82.  Mr. McJunkin was born in Rock Springs, Wyoming on March 10th, 1938 to Fredrick Lloyd and Erna Mae McJunkin.  He grew up in Superior, Wyoming, a proud Dragon who graduated from Superior High School in 1956.  He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Wyoming in 1962.  On February 20th, 1965, he married Sally Joan Wendt in Rock Springs, where they resided until 2001 before retiring to Lander.

McJunkin served as a civil engineer for the entirety of his career, retiring from his final position with Questar Pipeline in Rock Springs after 22 years of service.  He served in leadership roles in local civic organizations including Jaycees, the Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks, the Boy Scouts of America, and Junior Achievement.  McJunkin was an avid outdoorsman – hunting, fly-fishing, and camping throughout his beloved home state of Wyoming.  He was an accomplished woodworker, rock hound, music lover, voracious reader, and a lifelong supporter of HIS University of Wyoming Cowboys.

Mr. McJunkin is survived by his wife of 55 years, Sally McJunkin, son John McJunkin of Chandler, Arizona (wife Christa and sons Jacob and Ian), son Patrick McJunkin of Casper, Wyoming (wife Kim and daughter Taryn), and daughter Susan Anable of Phoenix, Arizona (husband Michael, son Nicholas and daughter Ellise).  He is also survived by sisters Virginia Samietz and Mary Voss, and brothers George, David, and Fred McJunkin.  He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers James and Phillip.

Services are pending.  In lieu of flowers, the McJunkin family would appreciate donations made in Mr. McJunkin’s memory to the Casper Firefighters Pipes & Drums at http://www.904pipes.com or ℅ Christian Reese, 4718 Mountain Way, Casper, WY 82601