Obituaries: Hackley, Guenther, Dodge, Bay, Jr. - Casper, WY Oil City News
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Obituaries: Hackley, Guenther, Dodge, Bay, Jr.

Cynthia Jane Hackley

Cynthia J. Hackley: 1966 – 2020

Cynthia Jane Hackley was born March 25, 1966 in Sidney, MT to William and Betty Hackley. She passed at the age of 54 on August 7, 2020 from cancer.

She grew up on the farm in the Cherry Creek community. She later moved to Plentywood, Montana with her mom and sisters. She graduated from Plentywood High School in 1984. She went on to attend National American University in Rapid City, SD where she obtained an associate degree. She had her oldest daughter, Jasmine on May 25, 1988 and Danielle, on May 24, 1993 she lived in Rapid City during those years before moving to Evansville, WY. She has lived in Evansville, WY till the present. Cloud, the pet dog, will miss her deeply. She enjoyed reading, crocheting, playing video games with Jasmine and keeping in touch with her Facebook friends.

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She is survived by her daughters, Jasmine Hackley and Danielle Hackley; her mother, Betty White Horse; her sister, Diane Spoklie and her children Dena, Zane, and Mandi. She is preceded in death by her two sisters, Connie Nabors and Sheri Hackley-Lawrence, her dad, William Hackley and a niece, Christina Hackley.

Cremation has taken place. There will be a graveside ceremony at a later date at the Cherry Creek Cemetery near Sidney MT.


Thomas Charles “Tom” Guenther

Thomas Charles “Tom” Guenther: 1963 – 2020

Thomas “Tom Tom” Charles Guenther, born in Pocatello, Idaho on April 14th, 1963 (Easter Sunday), residing in Billings, Montana passed away on August 2, 2020 in Casper, WY of esophageal cancer. He was surrounded by family at the time of his passing.

Tom is proceeded in death by his father Ronald Guenther; paternal Grandparents Howard and Jenny Guenther; maternal Grandparents Eugene and Lois Harris as well as his great nephew Deklyn Dean Lemp. Thomas is survived by his wife Sheri Guenther; son Richard and Courtney Guenther; daughter Casandra Guenther; mother Arleene Harris Guenther; sister Rhonda Gene Guenther; brother Lewis Dirk and Kelli Guenther; nieces Samantha and Steven Lemp; Arleene Guenther; Margaret Guenther; Great niece Ainsley Huffer and Great nephew Brody Lemp.

Tom will always be remembered as a hard worker and an extremely talented man. He worked construction with his father at an early age. Tom attended school in Lewiston, Idaho and after High School he went to work for Becker in Soda Springs, Idaho, then moved onto rigging/iron working and building pole barns. He later became a skilled machinist while living in Missouri which he thoroughly enjoyed. After moving from Missouri, Tom became an expert working with and creating soft pads while doing Industrial Insulation with his little brother Dirk at William Insulation Company, Inc.

Tom enjoyed fishing, riding dirt bikes, woodworking and was an avid Kansas City Chiefs fan, he finally got to see them win the BIG ONE last year! He loved to travel and his favorite places to visit was Idaho, Colorado, Wyoming and Montana for their breathtaking scenery. Family of Tom fondly remember him helping them-whether it was because something with their car had gone wrong or as simple as helping them laugh by telling a silly story, Tom was a helper and he got joy form helping his family. Some of Tom’s favorite memories were the times he spent with his great nephews and niece sharing and creating smiles. Tom was especially proud of all his family and will be greatly missed.

There will be a Celebration of Life on August 14, 2020 at the VFW on Bryanstock Trail in Casper, Wyoming from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. afterwards we will be going to Butch’s Happy Days bar in Evansville, Wyoming. We would very much like all to join us in celebrating Tom.


Shane Emery Dodge: July 1970-July 2020 (Age 50)

We lost a Son, Brother, Father and Uncle when Shane went home on the Wings of Angels to his Father. 

Shane was born in Casper, Wyoming July 12, 1970 to Verna Dodge; He passed away July 14, 2020 in Rolling Meadows, Illinois.

Shane graduated from Natrona County High school. He later obtained an Undergraduate and Master of Science Degree from the University of Wyoming. 

Shane was a renaissance man, with both mechanical and artistic talents. His love for tinkering and building started at a young age and continued into his adult life.  He mastered drawing, painting, sculpting, pottery and photography. He preferred to do his own home, bicycle and vehicle repairs. Shane enjoyed all things nature; especially fishing, hiking, stargazing and gardening. He was also an avid cyclist and spent many hours riding. With an extensive vocabulary and witty sense of humor, word play was his preferred teasing game. A game he was beloved for by his many nieces, nephews and other family members. 

Shane advanced to become a clinical audiologist serving hearing impaired people of all ages. He traveled the world lecturing as an audiology expert and lived abroad for five years in that capacity. Shane most recently worked as the Hearing Conservation Program Manager and Occupational Audiologist at the Naval Station in Great Lakes, Illinois, caring for active duty and veteran personnel.

Of all of his accomplishments Shane was most proud of being a father to Vernon and Earl. 

Shane is loved by his family and will be dearly missed. He is survived by his adoring sons, Vernon and Earl Dodge, Peoria, IL; Mother, Verna Dodge, Sisters; Kathy (Tom) Mckinzie, Thelma (Tom) Cunningham, Toni Dodge, Casper, WY; Sisters Ruby Byers, Denver, CO, Diane (Dan) Pischke-Thornton, Ontario, CA, Melonie(Will) Cadwell, Kinderhook, IL; Brother Jay Dodge, Washington State.  He is also survived by many nieces and nephews whom he cared deeply for. 

Because of travel and large gathering restrictions due to the current global pandemic, Shanes’ family has chosen to celebrate his life privately, at a later date, both in Casper, WY and Peoria, IL.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Shane’s sons’ college fund,

Made payable to:

Edward Jones- 1530 E Dundee Rd- Suite 140

Palatine, IL 60074


Judson E. “Gene” Bay, Jr.: 1924 – 2020

Judson Eugene (Gene) Bay, age 95, passed away August 6, 2020. He was born in Cheyenne, Wyoming November 17, 1924 to Judson E. and Esther Bay. He married Norma L. Duncan of Fort Laramie, Wyoming on December 7, 1948 in Scottsbluff, Nebraska and they celebrated 59 years of marriage when Norma passed away in 2008. They had two sons, Dennis E. Bay (Terry) of Casper and Kevin M. Bay (Anne) of Plainfield, Illinois and one grandson, Jason (Jill) of Wellington, CO and one great granddaughter, Savannah.

He graduated from Fort Laramie HS and enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps in 1943, proudly serving in the Pacific Theatre during WW II with the 5th Marine Division. He became a Marine paratrooper but never had the chance to use his skills as most of the time was spent in the jungles of the Pacific islands. He was noted in the book, “Mission Raise Hell” about a small group of Marines that landed on a small enemy occupied island named Choiseul. Their mission was to create havoc to decoy the enemy into thinking that an invasion was coming so more troops would have to be brought to the island. The Marines were severely outnumbered due to lack of intelligence information and retreated to a beach where they were loaded onto US Navy PT boats and whisked away to safety. One of the PT boats was commanded by John F. Kennedy. Gene said that he did not know if he was on Kennedy’s boat because he “was too busy dodging bullets.”

He ended his Marine tour as a Corporal after being wounded during the battle for Iwo Jima in 1945 and was then shipped back to the US, awarded a Purple Heart, and honorably discharged. He was a proud Marine and made sure that all knew the lyrics to the US Marines’ Hymn.

Gene worked 40 years in the oil pipeline industry for Service Pipeline Company which became Amoco Pipeline Company. During this time Gene also worked weekends on the family farm southwest of Fort Laramie. Gene retired in 1986. He had a strong work ethic that he instilled in his two sons. He did not like to relax much even at the family cabin at Laramie Peak which became known as “Camp Work-a-lotta” because there was always something to do. His relaxation was to fish and taught his sons the finer points of fishing the creeks near their cabin. He firmly believed that all children should learn how to fish.

After Gene and Norma retired, they spent many days at their family cabin and traveled in their RV with boat in tow fishing Wyoming lakes and gardening at their home in Casper. They were avid Wyoming Cowboy football and basketball fans and loved to travel to games both in Laramie and out of state tournament games until health issues forced them to retire their season tickets.

There was only one major league baseball team that Gene followed – the St. Louis Cardinals. Both sons also became Cardinal fans and made several trips to Denver with their parents to see the Colorado Rockies and Cardinals play. These trips were highlights of Gene and Norma’s latter years.

At Gene’s request, no services will be held. A private family service and scattering of his ashes at the family cabin will take place at a later time.

The family would like to thank the staff at Meadow Wind for their thoughtfulness and care during Gene’s stay at their facility in Casper. In lieu of flowers, a memorial to the charity of your choice may be considered.