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Obituaries: Ramsey, Clark, Higday, Schulte

Alta L. “Joy” Ramsey

CASPER, Wyo. –

Alta L. “Joy” Ramsey: 1929 – 2020

Alta Lorraine Ramsey passed away on July 18, 2020 in Casper, WY at the age of 90 years. Joy, as she was always called, was born in Burns, Oregon on September 14, 1929 to Lyle Geist and Maude Holman Geist. The family moved to Cody, Wy, then settled in Evansville, WY for her school years.

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Joy was married to Ralph W. Ramsey on May 23, 1946. She served as an election judge in her precinct and was active in the Odd Fellows as a Rebekah. Joy became a Licensed Practical Nurse in 1970, graduating top in her class. The couple retired to Tuscon, AZ, where they met old friends and made many new ones. Joy enjoyed working on family genealogy, crocheting, doing crafts and caring for her beloved animals and family.

Joy was proceeded in death by her husband, Ralph, a half-brother, Lyle Geist Jr., a half-sister, Vivian Geist Rich, two grandchildren, Rae Marie and Jerod Warren, and her great-granddaughter, Nicole Buchanan. She is survived by two daughters, Carol Harden and Gaileen Crowell, both of Casper, a half-sister, Renee Brinster of South Dakota, 2 grandchildren, Ryan Harden and Ashley (Ed) Harden Buchanan, and three great-grandchildren, Dante, Patrick and Hallie Buchanan, all of Casper, WY.

Services are on Wednesday, July 22, 2020 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church

Elizabeth D. Clark, 96, formerly of Casper, WY died in Denver on Monday, July 13, 2020.  She died as she lived, with dignity and grace and surrounded by people she loved.

Born in The Plains, OH on December 11, 1923, she graduated from Ohio University in 1944, the first of her family to attend college.  While there, she met Charlie Clark, a soldier attending training classes at the university. Liz taught in Canton and Massillon, OH during the war and when Charlie returned from serving in Burma and India, they were married in July of 1947. They came west for him to attend the Colorado School of Mines. Upon graduation, they began their life as “oil people” living in Gillette, Sheridan and Casper (three times) as well as Grand Junction, Durango and Denver, CO.  In each city Liz was a member of the Catholic Church as well as volunteering with numerous other activities.  She was a 50+ year member of Our Lady of Fatima Parish, a 50 year member of GeoWives, and always enjoyed her work with the St. Vincent’s store and as an poll watcher for local elections

Survivors include her daughter Susan Kany (Don), granddaughter Michele Kany Hatheway, great granddaughters Taylor Kany Flores, Ashton Kany Austin and Isabella Hatheway, all of Denver and grandson Thomas Kany of San Francisco.  She is survived by her nieces and nephews, Jim Vessalo, Marilyn Lohrman, Rose Wolfe, Jane Riley of Ohio and Phil Ulichney of Florida and their families.

Liz was preceded in death by her husband Charlie, her siblings and their spouses, Paul Ulichney (Clarabel), Mary Vessalo (Mike), John Ulichney (Elaine) and her niece, Rita Barlitt.

Services will be held in Denver at Most Precious Blood parish on Thursday, July 23, 2020 at 10 am.  She will go home to Wyoming and a memorial service will be held at Our Lady of Fatima parish on Friday, July 24 at 11:30.  Burial will be at Highland cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Anthony’s Tri-Parish Catholic School, 1145 W 20th Casper, WY 82604, or Seton House, P.O. Box 1557, Casper, WY 82602       

James Higday: 1931 – 2020

James A. Higday passed away peacefully from natural causes on Thursday, July 16, 2020 at his home in Casper, Wyoming.

Jim was born March 14, 1931, in Burns, WY to Homer A. and Ruth M. (Constable) Higday. He went to school in a one-room schoolhouse not far from the farm where he grew up. He graduated from Pine Bluffs High School and later earned an Associate Degree in Criminal Justice from Casper College.
Jim enlisted in the Army on March 31, 1950 and was honorably discharged from Fort Bliss, TX on April 1, 1953. While he was enlisted, he met the love of his life, Susanne Montello in San Jose, California and they married July 21, 1951.

Jim and Sue moved to Casper, Wyoming where they raised their four children. He worked for Standard Oil Refinery for several years before he joined the Casper Police Department on August 15, 1963. He retired March 30, 1987.

During his time with the department he progressed through the ranks as a Senior Police Officer, Corporal, Sergeant, Detective, and Assistant Watch Commander. On one of his daily reports he wrote: “Guarded the president of the United States.” Gerald Ford was the president. He also was on a security detail for Lyndon Johnson.

In 1986 he received The Man in Blue Award for outstanding service to the citizens of Casper.

After he retired from the police department, Jim took a year off and toured the country on one of the many Goldwing Motorcycles he owned in his lifetime. He was a true motorcycle enthusiast. Over the course of time he visited all four geographic corners of the United States and attended numerous motorcycle rallies across the country.

He rejoined the workforce as a security guard for several entities including Teton Homes, the Dick Cheney Federal Building, and the Casper Federal Building. After he left these positions, he took retirement more seriously.

Jim was an extremely talented artist throughout his life. He made everything from animal shaped breadboards to his very own tin-can art which won numerous awards which included Best of Show at both county and state fairs. His artwork graces the homes of many friends and all of his family.
Jim was a hard worker and determined to accomplish something worthwhile every day. He was a man of honor and integrity. He had a great work ethic and walked his talk.

When he saw a person in need, he quietly helped in any way he could.

Jim is survived by special friend, Mary Martinez, children, Ruth Sisk (Doug), Rapid City, SD, Mary Rager (Jerry), Casper, WY, Deborah Osborne (Richard), Sanford, FL and James Garth Higday, Bakersfield, CA; five grandchildren, six great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, parents, sister Emma Maxfield and brother Gilbert Higday.

A memorial service and celebration of life will be held at the Newcomer Funeral Home (710 East Second St.) in Casper, WY on Monday, July 27, 2020 at 1:00 pm followed by a military service and interment at the Oregon Trail Veteran’s Cemetery in Evansville, WY.

Michael Paul Schulte: April 26, 1956 ~ July 14, 2020 (age 64)

Michael Paul Schulte passed away peacefully after a 46-day battle with ARDS in   ICU at the Cheyenne Regional Medical Center.

He was born and raised in Casper,   Wyoming before moving to the University of Wyoming to earn his degree in … you guessed it… geology.

His love of rocks continued to play an important part in  his career. He was a field geologist before he became a project geologist at the  Wyoming Department of Transportation. After his retirement he focused on  something to do with- • you guessed it again • • •rocks. He started two of his own  businesses: Wyoming Jade Putters and Picture It in Stone. During the winter  months he worked in the Canyon Vista lapidary shop in Gold Canyon, Arizona.

Mike was a man with a huge heart who always had a smile on his face and loved a  good laugh. He was a big kid who loved dogs, toys, adventure, and challenges:  golf, riding his motorcycle, and camping. He even got his pilot’s license and  another airplane or two. Through the years, the rockhound from Casper traveled to  Europe, cruised the Caribbean, flew over the Arctic Circle, went scuba diving in  the Great Barrier Reef, and rode camels in the Australian Outback. His other  obsession was classic cars. He was a member of two car clubs and owned 5 of  them over the last 36 years.

He is survived by his wife Janice Riedel, brothers Roger (Monica), Greg (Poli),  Ralph (Sharon), and sister Susan (Bob), 3 nieces and 4 nephews.
Because of Covid 19 issues, there will be no service, only a grave side gathering  for family members in the Schulte cemetery plot in Casper, Wyoming. Friends of  Mike know that he would want a party so there will be a celebration of life in his  honor at a later date to share their stories and a toast.Condolences may be posted at

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in  Kanab, Utah or to the local blood bank.

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