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Obituaries: Snodgrass, Bennett, Sutherland

Michael Lee Snodgrass

CASPER, Wyo. –

Michael Lee Snodgrass passed away at home in Casper, Wyoming on July 6th, 2020. He was 67 years old.

He is the son of George William “Bill” and Phyllis Jean Snodgrass, born on August 21st, 1952.

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Mike is a 3rd generation Wyomingite and was raised on the Goose Egg Ranch near Casper. He spent his youth romping the hills around the ranch, working in the hay fields and doing some cowboying. He attended Poison Spider through 8th grade, Dean Morgan for one year, and graduated from Natrona County High School.

After high school Mike lived in Denver, Colorado for a few years. Then went to work for Wyoming Irrigation and LockWood Corp building center pivot irrigation systems where he traveled to Libya and built irrigation systems in the desert. Later Mike went to work for Air Drilling Services as a pump and compressor expert.

This job took him around the world; Europe, Africa, Papua New Guinea, the Middle East, South America and many more before retiring in 2018. He was a gifted storyteller and had plenty to tell upon his returns to Wyoming.

Mike was a brilliant, kind, loving person and will be missed by all who knew him.

He is preceded in death by his beloved father “Bill” Snodgrass. He is survived by his mother Phyllis Snodgrass, sister Laura Stalkup, brother Billy Snodgrass, daughter Emmy (Daniel) Jenson, grandchildren Jase and Jax Jenson.

A celebration of life will be scheduled at a later time.


Frank Albert Bennett

Frank Albert Bennett: July 1, 1947 ~ July 6, 2020 (age 73)

Frank Albert Bennett, 73, passed away at home on July 6, 2020 in Casper, Wyoming. He was born on July 1, 1947 in Casper, Wyoming.

In 1965, Frank joined the Navy and was Honorably discharged in 1968.

Frank is survived by his loving wife, Hilda Bennett; his sons Aaron and Jason of Casper, Wyoming, Timothy Bennett and Jesus Medina of San Francisco; one daughter Tara (Keven) Gangwish of Casper, Wyoming; sister Joan Eshelman and her children Vernon, Robert, Jenny and Johnny, sister Dianna (Mike) Sullivan and their children Scott and Shawn; brother John (Nimfa) Bennett and their daughter Jennifer, brother Pat Bennett and his children Chris, Kayla and Cody; grandson Stephen and his son Derrek; great grandchildren Aaliyah and Carter Jensen; niece Brandee Myers and and nephew Brian Bennett.

A funeral service will be held on Friday, July 18, 2020 at 10:00 AM at the Bustard & Jacoby Funeral Home in Casper. A private committal service with military honors will take place at Oregon Trail State Veterans Cemetery.


Tom Sutherland: October 8, 1924 ~ July 6, 2020 (age 95)

Tom Sutherland passed away peacefully after 95 cantankerous, cranky and occasionally compassionate years on the evening of July 6, 2020. Born in Winnsboro, TX, October 8, 1924, he was one of eleven children and he became a lifelong, fervent Texas A & M zealot. After high school, he served as a Marine during World War II, a time from which many an embellished story was concocted. While working the oil fields of North Dakota, he met his wife, Irene Cuskelly, and for 57 years, she diligently and persistently kept him in line.

Settling in Casper in 1960, they raised four boys and Tom could be found about town on the Little League diamonds, the Midget Football fields and any community golf course that would allow him on the links. Tom was an early and active member of the Wyoming Democratic Party, serving five terms as Natrona County Assessor. Tom was known for his articles as sports and night editor at the Casper Star Tribune. For years, “The Old Grouch” entertained Casper weekly with his comedic insight, hauntingly resembling his creator in both appearance and demeanor.

Tom, known as “Fiery” to his family, was preceded in death by his wife, Irene (Cuskelly) and his eldest son, Shannon. He is survived by three sons, Shaun (Scotia), Shane (Karen) and Sharman (Elaine) and his five grandchildren, Jai (Tyler), Adam, Rachael, Chae and Taj and two greatgrandchildren, Chayton and Arya.

We will miss his creative story telling, his ability to make us laugh, his endless ability to manipulate the outcome in his favor, his old school “rub some dirt on it” approach to life and his love for his family. We have been honored to be part of his life.

May he rest in the peace he never allowed the rest of us.

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