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Obituaries: Taylor, Dryer, Gillett

Thomas George “Tom” Taylor

CASPER, Wyo. –

Thomas George “Tom” Taylor: 1963 – 2020

Thomas George Taylor passed away Saturday, July 18th 2020, leaving this earth far too soon. Tom was a very passionate loving impatient man and he died doing exactly what he loved; high on life soaring through the beautiful Wyoming mountains on his Harley. Tom was born in Casper Wyoming on February 26th, 1963 to the late Sharon Rissler and Junior (Barb)Taylor of Shenandoah Iowa. He had six siblings Tammy, Wesley, Tim, Kris, Diane, and Billy.

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He grew up on the streets of Evansville making many lifelong friends. He started his family at the young age of 17. He married Kenna Anderson in 1980. Together they raised three daughters Andria Mason, Jennifer Taylor, Tommi Taylor, and a beloved son and Toms best friend Nicholas Taylor, before divorcing in 2004.

A Wyoming native Tom loved being outdoors; fishing, floating the river, riding his Harley, or just sitting by a campfire brought him great joy. He always gave his all to be the best at the things he loved. He was an avid poker player winning several local tournaments here in Casper. He was also top of his industry within his career; having the opportunity to work side-by-side with his son for the last two years.

Nothing made him more proud than his family including his 8 Grandsons Jesse, Joey, Tyson, Tao, Tristen, Isaac, Nixon, and Asher and one granddaughter Katie that he affectionately referred to as sweetheart, and his bonus daughter Trish and her daughter Chloe.

His girlfriend Patti Burget spent many years by his side enjoying their motorcycles, their beautiful yard, many concerts and adventures together.

Tom was a firm believer that life is too f****ng short and he lived his life to the fullest. He will be greatly missed by all who were blessed enough to have him in their lives. He leaves behind many cousins, nieces, nephews, family, and great friends. He once wrote ” I am blessed to have all my family and with my grandkids I will live forever. I now have everlasting life on earth.” A celebration of life is scheduled Saturday July 25th from 1-4pm at the Eagles club in Casper Wyoming. In lieu of flowers donations in Toms name can be made to the #Kill22 charity or #trump2020 campaign.


Frank Dryer

Frank William Dryer
Aug.25, 1927 – July 16, 2020

Frank Dryer passed on July 16, 2020 at Wyoming Medical Center in Casper Wyoming.

Born near Ardmore South Dakota, he was the fourth of five sons born to Orval and Bertha Dryer.

Frank was a true cowboy and gentlemen. As a boy and young man he worked the family ranch on Plum Creek north of Lusk Wyoming. He spent many years in various western states as a ranch hand and manager. He settled in Moses Lake Washington where he worked, building, running and repairing irrigation circles.

After over 30 years of marriage, in 1982 Frank lost his first wife Lois. In 1996 he married Margie Conrad. They lived in Glenrock Wyoming where Frank worked a few more years before retiring. Frank and Margie enjoyed visiting with other Glenrock residents and were regulars at the local diner for breakfast and coffee. He was a man of many talents. Riding, roping, welding, woodworking, dancing, guitar picking and piano to name a few. His recollection of details and events was remarkable. Friends and relatives enjoyed the many stories Frank was always ready to share. He wore his hat and boots with pride and missed the days when he was horseback. Hearts are heavy as he rides off into the sunset.

Ride high in the saddle Frank.

Survivors include his wife Margie, his sister-in-law Molly Dryer and numerous nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his first wife Lois, parents Orval & Bertha Dryer, brothers, William, Donald, Orville and James.

No services are planned.

Memorials may be made to the charity of one’s choice.


Jennie Elaine Gillett

Jennie Elaine Gillett: February 26, 1937 ~ July 18, 2020 (age 83)

Jennie Elaine Gillett went to be with the Lord on Saturday, July 18, 2020. Jennie was born in Herington, Kansas on February 26, 1937, and she graduated from Herington High School in 1955.

She is survived by her son Russ Gillett and grandchildren Carley Oliver and Gable Gillett; her daughter Jayme Orr and grandchildren Ty Orr, Jaycee Orr, and Tijen Orr; and her daughter Julie Gillett and grandchildren Jenna Ross and Ally Johnson. Jennie also leaves behind seven great-grandchildren. Although her family is comforted that Jennie died peacefully, they will miss her greatly. In lieu of gifts, the family asks that you consider making a donation to Central Wyoming Hospice & Transitions, 319 S. Wilson Street, Casper, WY 82601.

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