Long time Casper resident Ralph “Dub” W. Darnall, Jr., age 89, passed away on July 29, 2020 at the Edgewood Meadow Wind in Casper. Dub was born on November 26, 1930 in Casper and lived most of his life here. He was the first child born to Ralph W. and Vera Darnall. He graduated from NCHS in 1949. There is a saying by Will Rogers, “strangers are just friends I haven’t met!” That is a wonderful description of Dub. He made friends with everyone he met and had many acquaintances with the people of Casper. He also always had a story to tell you whatever the occasion.
Dub was a member of the Casper fire department for over 38 years, going from what he called a “plug Catcher” to Battalion Chief. He also worked for the Natrona County Roads & Bridges department for several years before fully retiring. After graduating from NCHS he joined the Wyoming National Guard in Casper and served for 9 years. Dub’s favorite hobby was racing and repairing motorcycles. During his early years he went all over the state racing his TR 6 motorcycle at what was called TT scrambles. He also raced stock cars and belonged to the “Dragoon’s” car club. Thanks to Andrea, Karen and Tommy for their invaluable support during his final years.
Dub was preceded in death by his parents Ralph W. and Vera Darnall, one brother Donald and his son Matthew. He is survived by one brother Richard Darnall of Phoenix, Arizona, nephews Danny Darnall in Casper, Bryan and Michael Darnall in Phoenix, nieces Stephanie Darnall in Phoenix and Valarie Leischer in West Virginia and grand nieces Andrea Barker in Glenrock, Jennifer Keller in Wheatland and grand nephew Justin Luft in Douglas.
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A graveside service will be held, including a memorial service, honoring his life on August 28, 2020 at 10:30am at Highland Cemetery. In lieu of flowers a contribution may be made in his honor to the City of Casper Local 904 (Firemens Benevolent Fund), P O Box 1851, Mills, WY 82602.
Cindy Ann “Kini” Loftin passed away May 19, 2020. She lived in Kapaa on the island of Kauai in Hawaii. Born May 1, 1950, she was 70 at the time of her death. Raised in Southern California by her parents, Paul and Virginia Whalen, she grew up loving the ocean and their beaches. Many were the stories of swimming with her father and sister, Nancy in the ocean. After graduating from La Mirada High School she went about sampling the 1960’s from concerts of the not yet famous, to going surfing in mini vans. She was a career food server and worked in many of the best restaurants in the area.
She boldly moved to Wyoming to get away from the “rat race”, and made many lifelong friends in short order. She met and married Steve Loftin in 1983 in Casper and have two sons, Brad and Lonnie from that marriage. Her life revolved around the boys while they grew up, involving school sports, taking them to various activities, and BMX biking. She loved conversation, gardening, traveling, camping, golfing, skiing, drinking, football (Broncos and Wyoming Cavalry), and more conversation. In Casper, she worked at Benham’s Restaurant for 20 years serving the best food in town to the best customers she knew, and she could hold her own while serving gourmands with style and flair, to roughnecks with cuss words and a slap on their hands!! After retiring, she loved volunteering at Oregon Trail School in the kindergarten for quite a few years and drove for Meals on Wheels too.
In another bold move late in life, she moved to her beloved Hawaii. Her name in Hawaiian was Kini and she lived there with her friend Thomas Lamb for five years, until her death.
She is survived by her two sons, Brad and Lonnie Loftin of Casper, Older sister Nancy (John) Miller of Bulverde Texas, Stepmother Peg Whalen of Santa Maria California, In laws, Lloyd and Bev Loftin of Casper and Mesa Arizona, Grandchildren Colin Loftin, Zayla Piper, and twins Hayden and Kyben Loftin all of Casper. She is mostly survived by a huge gang of lifelong friends which she made easily and hung onto fiercely!
Services in Casper will be handled by Newcomers and the services will be at the Casper Events Center August 8th at 1pm with a reception to follow immediately at the Events Center also. Cremation has occurred and another service will be scheduled at a later time in Hawaii to spread her ashes in her beloved ocean.
William Louis Grant, affectionally known as ‘Mr. Nice’, passed away peacefully in his home, August 1, 2020. Born in Idaho Falls, Idaho, October 18, 1942, to Robert and Elmina Grant, he was brother to Dennis, Carolyn, Lewis, and Jeannie. Growing up in Idaho he developed a love for the outdoors and would skip school to go fishing, hunting, camping, help out on a farm, or spend hours drag racing. Born with a sweet tooth, his mother had to padlock the kitchen pantry to keep him out. He was very mischievous, playing practical jokes on his siblings or anyone within arms reach. After Bill moved to Casper, the annual family reunions were a required pilgrimage back to his beloved home, especially to see his mother, whom he loved dearly.
Bill Grant was the loving father of six wonderful and talented children, each of whom he called ‘George.’ A family man at his core, he proudly supported his kids in their own pursuits in any way he could. As a father, Bill was always ready to lend a hand along with a few opinions, and always knew when they were up to no good because he knew everyone in town.
A man of many talents and hobbies, Bill loved a good deal. To show for it he had a collection of cars, tools, unique antiques, and other memorabilia – junk as most everyone else called it. Many ambitious projects were started and sometimes finished at a much later date, if at all.
Bill Grant enjoyed working so much, he tried to retire, twice. Moving to Casper in 1974, he took a job at H&K Contractors, and then his career in construction in Wyoming continued to Central Contractors, JTL, CRE, Andreen Hunt, and finally CEPI. He was a loyal, talented, and a strong man on the job and though of his workmates as family. Always a formidable force who accomplished more than the average man between sunup and sundown. There wasn’t much he couldn’t do and was seemingly near-invincible until he lost part of his finger (don’t ask Precious about that one.)
He dearly loved his wife Susan (née Cannon), whom he was married to for 41 years. It was hard, easy, fun, and ended too soon. Bill got a kick out of making her uncomfortable with his slightly uncouth manners and tall tales. She would unsnap his shirts when he was being impossible, so he stopped wearing pearl snap shirts soon after they were married.
It was rare to see him without a baseball hat. Often a walking billboard for whatever company he was working for (mostly Andreen Hunt), his hat and t-shirt collection was enviable. His pride for Wyoming, his workplace, and kids, was worn across his brow and chest on any given day.
Bill was a character and certainly had the gift of the gab. He had infectious laughter that would fill a room, and his sense of humor and jokes were often funnier to him than anyone else. He was a famous storyteller, if you heard them once, you heard them ten times. You could find him anywhere by listening for his larger-than-life laugh or you could follow him by sound in a grocery store, as he could always be found by the jingling of change or his keys in his pocket. We’ll all keep listening…
He is deeply loved and will be very missed by all those who had the pleasure of knowing or loving him. He will always and forever be ‘Mr. Nice’.
Visitation is Friday, August 7, Bustards Funeral Home, 6-8 p.m. Memorial services are Saturday, August 8, 10 am, Highland Park Community Church.
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