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Obituaries: Winn, Balben, Alm

Ellen Winn

Ellen Winn: January 20, 1928 ~ July 26, 2020 (age 92)

Mary Ellen Slay Winn passed from life, to life everlasting on July 26, 2020.

She was born in Magee, MS and passed through Pensacola, FL, and Lubbock, TX, before settling in the West.

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Her life was devoted to faith, family and friends. A charter member of Boyd Avenue Baptist Church, she served as Bible teacher, and mission’s director of Girls’ Auxiliary. Wherever she lived, she mentored. Whether young women, young couples, or contemporaries, it was always with Southern charm.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Tom Gaddis Slay and Grace Richard Vinson; her brother, Jack Slay; and her husband of 66 years, J. Spencer Winn.

She will be missed by her sister, Judy (Charles) Gray; her son, David (Darla) Winn, of Casper; her daughter, Diane (Jim) Fitzgerald of Indianapolis and their son, Scott (Lanisa) and their daughter, Caroline (Mark) Seavey and their three children; her daughter, Jane (John) Zent and their sons, Adam (Amanda) Zent and their three children; and their son, John David Zent.

Memorial service will be held on Monday, August 3 at Boyd Avenue Baptist Church at 10:30 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be sent to the Boyd Avenue Baptist Church building fund.

Connie Sue Balben

Connie Sue Balben: September 29, 1955 ~ July 27, 2020 (age 64)

Connie Sue Balben, 64, of Casper, passed away July 27, 2020 in Casper.

Connie was born September 29, 1955 in Mount Vernon, Illinois. 

A Traditional Service will be under the care of Bustard & Jacoby Funeral Home.

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



September 2, 1936 – March 1, 2020

Casper, Wyoming is the best place to grow up! Bob told me that often while we were courting. I am saddened to say that Bob passed away. Services are scheduled for Saturday, August 29, at Foothillls Christian Church, , 315 Bradley, El Cajon, CA 92029.

The fourth child of Archie & Georgia (Hart) Alm, Bob was born in Bridgeport, Nebraska. Five years old and playing in a vacant lot with little brother, Don, a small fire started. Bob’s attempts to extinguish it caused severe burns to his right leg. When amputation was advised, Mom declined. He healed, and ran track in school and enjoyed other sports throughout life. 

Upon graduating from NCHS in 1954, Bob joined the U.S.Navy, beginning his service to our country during the Korean War. He met me, Donna Reynolds,  while based in San Diego.  We married in 1957, and happily made Casper home, later moving to San Diego. Cindy, Bob Jr and Sheri made us a family. 

Bob spent close to 50 years doing work he loved, driving big rigs around the country, gaining “Driver of the Year” and other honors. He enjoyed S.D. Padres and Chargers games and, of course Wyoming Cowboys games. Hobbies included reading, golfing, fishing, waterskiing and bowling.

Family was always first with Bob. Motor home trips began with the birth of the first of 20 grandchildren. Vacations and visiting Casper as a family was incredibly fun. Following retirement, the house was sold, the big RV purchased, and the next six years we traveled the country together.

Bob was preceded in death by daughter Cindy Slack; father Archie Alm; mother Georgia Alm Bullington; step-father Ray Bullington; sister Dorothy Johnson; brothers Archie, Dick and Don Alm; step-brothers Noel and Leslie Bullington; brother-in-law Joe Johnson, and sister-in-law Julie Alm.  

He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Donna; son Bob Alm Jr (Karen) and daughter Sheri Cucjen (Rick); grandchildren Jason (Jacquelyn), Steve (Marissa) and Breann Slack; Bobby, Lucas (Heather), Joseph (Rachael), Isaac, Hosanna, Anastasia, Sophia, Elizabeth, Natalia, Caleb, Gabriel and Ethan Alm; Laura Stojanowski (Ski), Spencer Voshell, Sabrina Waugh (Danny), Levi  and Michael Voshell; great-grandchildren Eliza Peet, Joseph Slack, August and Aria Alm and Noah Slack. In Casper, Bob is survived by sisters-in-law Marge Alm and Patsy Alm, plus many loved nieces and nephews in Casper, San Diego and elsewhere. 

Memorials can be made to Sharp Hospice Care Fund, 8881 Fletcher Pkwy, Ste 336, La Mesa, CA 91942.