Obituaries: Jones, Cummings, Sr., Raver, Tucker, Codenys, Hilzer - Casper, WY Oil City News
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Obituaries: Jones, Cummings, Sr., Raver, Tucker, Codenys, Hilzer

Collin James Jones

CASPER, Wyo. –

Collin James Jones: 1959 – 2020

Collin Jones was the kind of friend that everyone wishes they had, the kind of guy who would do anything for anyone with no questions asked nor any expectations of anything in return other than a smile of appreciation. His out going and charismatic personality could turn a stranger into a forever friend. Collin’s smile came from his heart – sometimes a little mischievous, his smile was also known to get him into a little “fun” trouble.

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He did love having a good time when he wasn’t working at 150 percent because 100 percent to any job was never enough for CJ. His work ethic was learned early and it was to observe, learn and get it done to the best of his ability – this earned him the respect of his employers.

Collin was born on September 30, 1959 to Gary and Joyce (Schneider) Jones in Newcastle, Wyoming. The family lived in Moorcroft until they moved to Casper so Collin could attend the Wyoming School for the Deaf. Collin attended CY Junior High and Natrona County High School then went to become a certified welder.

Collin loved any kind of sports, baseball, football, water sports whether it was watching them or playing with his team but hockey became his number one sport. This took Collin and his parents on a journey that they never dreamed of – all the way to Chicago to train with legendary stars of the Chicago Black Hawks. The dream continued on and the boy from Wyoming made the US Deaf Olympic Hockey Team, playing against both semi-pro and professional hockey teams in the United States and Canada.

Collin’s life was cut short on July 10, 2020 at Alcova, which ironically was his favorite place to be as he loved boating and the lake life.

Collin is preceded in death by his father, Gary; his brother, Steven; and his grandparents. He is survived by his mother, Joyce; a family that adored him; his fur babies, Missy and Martini and by so many special friends.

Patricia – words can not express our feelings knowing how very happy Collin has been for last two years because you were in his life.
From Collin’s family “Thank you!”

If your life was touched by Collin, you have truly been blessed.

“Kindness is a language that the deaf can hear and the blind can see”
quote by Mark Twain

Condolences may be sent to 520 Walden Avenue Newcastle, WY 82701.

Attire for Collin’s memorial service will be “Collin Casual”
Sports jerseys, shorts, crazy shirts, sunglasses and flip flops if you have them.

Memorial service: Saturday, July 25, 2020, 1 p.m. at Word Christian Fellowship Church, 1220 South Melrose, Casper, Wyo.

Jonathan Samuel Cummings

Jonathan Samuel Cummings: December 18, 1975 – July 12, 2020

No family is perfect…
We argue and we fight. We even stop talking to each other at times.
But, in the end, family is family…The love will always be there.

Writing an obituary should be easy. Right? You jot down some dates and list people’s names. However, somehow, that does not seem like the right thing to do. A friend told me that the obituary is about healing and that it is for the family. Our family sure could use some healing right about now.

My brother Jon passed away on Sunday evening, July 12, 2020. He was a son, a brother, an uncle, a husband, a father and a grandfather. His wife, three children and three grandchildren survive Jon. Our parents grieve the loss of their son and my siblings and I try to deal with the death of our brother.

Family is a funny thing. Often times you look around the room and wonder how in the world we can be family. Personalities, relationships, lifestyles and demons often plague the family unit. Our family is just like that. However, despite all of our differences, Jon loved his family deeply.

The saying is often true, “You always hurt the ones you love”. We have had our fair share of hurting each other. Whether we meant to or not. Now, here we are, all together for the first time in many years. The past pains and disappointments are not gone. Our lifestyles and politics could not be more different. But, none of that seems very important.

Many things were important to Jon. If you knew him, you knew that he enjoyed heavy metal music, his Camaro, good food and history. He was often caught up in a good conspiracy theory. And, if given the chance, he would argue his opinion with great passion. But, there were only a few things that Jon really loved.
Jon loved his children. He struggled a great deal when he did not know that they were safe and all right. He loved fishing. He adored his grandchildren. Nothing gave him more joy than gardening with his Granddaughter. Jon loved a holiday that included a family get together.

Jon was many things. Some of them good and some of them not so good. But one thing for sure he was a family man. Maybe, just maybe, Jon’s final act of love for his family was simply bringing us all together. Despite our sadness, that is something to be happy about.

We hope that if you knew Jon that you will remember the good things about him. If your family is estranged or has unresolved issues. We hope that you will set it all aside for today and be together in love and in memory of Jon.

Jack Dale Raver

Jack Dale Raver: 1940 – 2020

On July 13, 2020 in the early morning hours Jack D. faced his last day with courage and passed away peacefully. Born May 24th, 1940 to Miles J. and Cecil Margaret (Warren) Raver in Hot Springs, SD. He was the last of six children and loved teasing his siblings that “Mom liked Me best”.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Ellen Haven and Hallie Ellerton; brothers, Allen John “A.J.”, Miles “Chuck”, and Alfred “Wink” Raver.

Jack is survived by his wife of 57 years, Sylvia (Stoneking) Raver; daughter, Tammy Raver; twin sons, Roger (Jenny) Raver and John (Jeri) Raver; two grandsons, Cooper and Painter; his in laws, Eileen Raver, Jim Stoneking, Bert Stoneking, Orvie (Marcy) Stoneking, Roger (Eileen) Stoneking, Wayne (Patty) Stoneking, Lola Stoneking, and many beloved nieces, nephews and long time friends.

A celebration of his life will be held at a later date at the family homestead in South Dakota. In lieu of flowers, the family ask that donations be sent to Cold Springs Historical Schoolhouse, PO Box 7, Pringle, SD 57773 in memory of Jack Raver. The schoolhouse was built and attended by many Raver family members and is listed on The National Historic and Registar.

Orville C. Tucker

Orville C. Tucker: 1926 – 2020

Orville C. Tucker passed away at home surrounded by family on July 11th 2020.

Orville was born on November 16, 1926 in Ionia Kansas to Lillie Montgomery Tucker and Allie Tucker.

He graduated from Ionia Rural High School in 1944 and joined the US Army in 1945 where he was a guard at the War Crimes in Nuremberg, Germany, later was in the Colorado National Guard. After the war he attended the Kansas City School of Watchmaking and graduated in 1950. He worked at a variety of Jewelry Stores and moved to Denver to be closer to his brother Rolla. He started working for Hathaway Instruments as a technician, then Continental Airlines and Frontier Airlines for 18 years as an Instrument Mechanic retiring in 1985.

He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and International Association of Machinist.

He enjoyed spending time with his brother Rolla’s family especially skiing and being at the family cabin with his nephew and brother. He met the love of his life while golfing in Denver and married Dorothy Davis Blackman on February 27th, 1979.

After retiring they lived in Lake Montezuma, Arizona, Parachute, Colorado, and finally in Mesquite. Nevada enjoying golfing together. Dorothy died on December 29th, 2009. Orville moved to Casper, Wyoming in March 2018 to be closer to family.
He is survived by one brother Kenneth Tucker of Oregon, stepdaughter Vicki Klein (Ken) of Scottsbluff, NE, stepson Edwin Blackman of Sheridan, WY, daughter in law Marge Christiansen of Casper, 5 grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren, 3 great-great grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews. He is proceeded in death by wife, his parents, siblings Rolla Tucker, Donald Tucker, Raymond Tucker and Murial Tucker Bartley.

When he married Dorothy he inherited a large family that gave him great joy through the years. Since March he has lived with Marge Christiansen’s family that cared for him in the final months of his life.

Memorial can be made to Central Wyoming Hospice.

Andrew William Codenys

Andrew William Codenys, age 54, of Evansville, passed away July 4, 2020 at his home. Andrew was born November 25, 1965 in Billings, Montana to Robert and Lois (Peavler) Codenys. He graduated from Kelly Walsh High School in 1984. Andrew enjoyed hunting, fishing, and watching football.

Andrew was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Lois and his sister, Norita. He is survived by his son, Robert (Ashley) Codenys, two brothers, Alan and Marty, sisters, Cynthia, Evie, Connie, Beth and Gwen.

No services will be held at this time.

Marv Hilzer

Marv Hilzer: 1938 – 2020

Marvin “Marv” D. Hilzer, age 82, of Evansville, passed away July 17, 2020 at Central Wyoming Hospice. Marv was born January 2, 1938 in Ault, Colorado to Henry and Esther (Lehr) Hilzer. He attended school at Grover High in Grover, Colorado. After high school he assisted his parents on the family farm and enjoyed calf roping. He relocated to Casper, Wyoming in 1957 where he met his wife, Vi Piel, on a casual gathering. In June of 1958, he married Vi at the Methodist Church in Casper. After moving in together in their home in Meadow Acres, he began his adventures in team roping. Through team roping he won several buckles, trophy saddles and lifelong friends. He also enjoyed roping with his friends and family at their home in Meadow Acres. He was active in 4-H as a club leader with his wife and children.

He worked various jobs in construction, brick laying and truck driving. He worked for Conoco for 22 years before retiring in 1986 at age 56. After retirement, he worked for the Glenrock Sale Barn part-time until they closed.

His greatest enjoyments in life was being a cowboy and spending time outdoors with his family, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He also enjoyed elk and deer hunting, fishing, and camping. He liked giving nicknames for all of his family members and various friends.

Marv was preceded in death by his parents, son-in-law, Orval Kludy, brother, Art Hilzer, and sister, Norlene Canon. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Vi Hilzer, daughters, Terry Kludy, Lori Lukowiak and her husband Dave, grandchildren, Shanna Kludy and her husband, Travis O’Brien, Dean Kludy and his wife, Sarah; Ashley Glenn, all of Casper, and Kylee Condelario and her husband Mike, of Albuquerque, New Mexico, and nine great-grandchildren, Austin, Kyler, Nathan, R.J., Katelynn, Ethan, Madelynn, Hayden, and Matthew, one surviving sister, Shirley Allen, of Denver, Colorado, and various nieces and nephews.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to Casper College Rodeo, Red Vest in Marv’s memory.