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Obituaries: Hurlbut Jr., Carruthers, Hick

Arthur Gray Hurlbut Jr

CASPER, Wyo. –

Art Hurlbut: April 15, 1956 ~ July 24, 2020 (age 64)

Arthur Gray Hurlbut Jr, graduated from Kelly Walsh High school in 1974. Art moved to Montana after graduation to work for his uncle Jim, and learned about the uranium and oil logging industry. This job training led him to move back to Casper in 1975 which he called home.

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He continued working for different logging companies and was instrumental in finding several of the coal seams that powered Dave Johnston power plant in Glenrock, Wyoming. He met Carol Jean Gustafson in 1976 in which they later wed in 1978. Art also worked for energy companies combining his problem solving skills and working independently in the oil field and directional drilling.

This led Art to set up a drilling site in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia in Feb. 1982. Later on that year, Art and Carol welcomed their first child Jennifer. In 1988 Art was hired by AirTouch Cellular which later was bought by Verizon Wireless.

Art was responsible for the successful installation of the first cellular tower in Wyoming on Casper Mountain. Art was the only cellular technician for the company in Wyoming for the first three years while bringing more cellular sites online. Art and Carol welcomed their second child, Benjamin in 1991. He retired from Verizon in 2012 in Surprise, AZ.

Arthur was well known for his steadfast humor, charisma, and his ability to light up the room. He was a joy to be around, and he was always willing to help someone in need. Despite growing up with a tight budget, he was the most generous person and would happily give his last penny if he knew someone needed it. He grew up in the Lutheran church and had a strong faith that he expressed during good times and bad. He tried hard to instill the word of God into his children’s lives.

He was passionate about life, music, and he loved deeply. He was a dedicated provider and he worked hard to make sure the people he loved and cared for were taken care of. His work ethic was second to none, almost to a fault. He was the true definition of a “company man” and he loved his job. His work was his life and passion.

He dreamed big, and whether or not it came to fruition, he had a perspective about life that was both refreshing and comforting. He brought out the best in those around him, and spread happiness to many lives through his constant “dad jokes” (Groaners) if you will.  He was a talented guitarist, whom performed in a band for several years. He had a knack for teaching others to play guitar and when he played it’s like he went into another world.  

He often was the happiest guy in the room, and he could light up the room in an instance. His laugh was infectious. Words cannot describe how much he is loved and how much he will be missed.

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

Barbara Luverne Langseth Carruthers

Barbara Luverne Langseth Carruthers, 76, passed peacefully from this world and into the loving arms of her Savior on July 15, 2020 in Casper, WY. Born in Taunton, MA on May 2, 1944 to Lee and Ester (Salo) Langseth, Barbara later moved with her family to East Hartford, CT where she graduated from East Hartford High School in 1962. Continuing her education, Barbara earned a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Central Connecticut State College before joining the Women’s Army Corp in 1967.  After years of service to her country, and having received the National Defense Service Medal, Barbara honorably separated from the Army as a Captain in 1970 and married her college sweetheart, John A. Carruthers. While raising a family, Barbara continued to excel academically, earning an Associate’s Degree in Fine Arts and a Master’s Degree in Special Education. 

Barbara worked as a teacher and substitute teacher, and enjoyed giving back to the community by volunteering with the Special Olympics and at the New Hampshire Farm Museum. She was especially proud of her service to her country, continuing to serve her fellow Veterans in the Honor Guard. In her personal time, Barbara was a talented artist and enjoyed oil painting, textile arts, stained glass work, and jewelry making.  

Barbara was preceded in death by the love of her life, John A. Carruthers, her brother Charles Langseth, and her parents. She is survived by her three children, Edward L. Carruthers and his wife Christina, Jennifer L. Dockstader and her husband Toby, and Margaret E. Booth and her husband Michael; her brother Richard Langseth and his wife Jo-Ann; her 14 grandchildren, Cynthya, Amy, Cheyenna, Haanna, Katherine, Elisabeth, Edison, Mayauna, Stirling, Makiah, Quinn, Malachi, Isaac, and Isaiah; and one great-grandchild, Harvey.   

A memorial will be scheduled for spring/summer of 2021. Memorial donations may be made to Central Wyoming Hospice and Transitions, 319 S Wilson St, Casper, WY 82601, a non-profit organization.

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

Patricia Hick

Patricia Ann Hick: December 19, 1948 ~ July 23, 2020 (age 71)

Patricia Hick of Casper, Wyoming passed away peacefully of FTD a rare form of Dementia at Hospice Care on July 23rd, 2020.   

A memorial service is planned to take place at Bustard’s Funeral Home on Thursday, July 30, at 10 a.m., followed by a brief service at Highland Cemetery. Viewing is from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. 

Patricia was born December 19th, 1948 in Englewood, Colorado to Goldie & James Massengale.

She had two older brothers, Robert and Byron, who teased her relentlessly, yet still protected her. On September 2nd, 1972, she married Terrence John Hick. They would have celebrated their 48th wedding anniversary this September.

Pat will be remembered (by her daughter mostly) for her natural ability to bake the most awesome chocolate cakes from scratch! She was not to be outdone in that area!

Pat was a devoted mother, grandmother, and most recently a great grandmother and loved to spend as much time as she could with her family, but especially her grandson, Christopher. As they say, you get to spoil your grandchildren more than you do your own children and that was definitely the case here. Christopher and his grandma spent almost every weekend together since he was about ten months old until just recently. They were quite the pair.

Patricia was very fond of her job in the marketing department at Hilltop National Bank and found it hard to retire, but knew she needed to because the progression of her dementia was making simple tasks harder and harder to accomplish. She worked for the bank for 15 years and enjoyed every minute of it. She would visit once a week, at least, after she retired, just to see all her friends.

Another of Pat’s passions and probably the one closest to her heart was her time spent volunteering for the American Cancer Society, specifically Relay for Life. She was team captain for the Hilltop Bank team and later she was the volunteer chairperson for the Relay. She spent countless hours every year and never minded a bit. She was driven by the loss of her mother from cancer when Pat was a young teenager. 

Pat’s other hobbies were gardening, reading, and later in life she learned belly dancing. She wasn’t the most natural at it but she definitely was persistent and kept at it for many years because she truly enjoyed it and she enjoyed the friendships she made with the other dancers. And they loved her!

Patricia is survived by her husband, Terrence; her daughter Angela and husband Guy (whom she absolutely approved and adored) Goodman of Casper, her grandson, Christopher Hick of Casper, and the newest member, her great grandson Alexander of Casper, whom she was able to meet before she passed. That was a moment to remember when she was able to hold that tiny baby. She was a proud and happy great grandmother! 

Those who preceded Patricia in death include her parents, her older sister Babe and a grandson, Cameron.

The family asks that memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society or more specifically, Relay for Life. 
Services have been entrusted to Bustard & Jacoby Funeral Home, 600 CY Ave. Casper, WY 82601.