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Obituaries: Hutchison III, Portz, James, Lichliter

Thomas Wayne Hutchison III

CASPER, Wyo. –

This is a celebration of life, of Thomas Wayne Hutchison III.

Tom died August 11, 2020 surrounded by his loving wife and three daughters. He was born December 16, 1944 in Casper, Wyoming. He was the son of Thomas Wayne Hutchison II and Marcella Mae (Brummond) Hutchison.

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He was a graduate of NCHS and attended Casper College. On October 8, 1965 he married the love of his life, Cathy Diane Cureton in Casper, Wyoming. Together they raised three daughters.

He was employed for many years for WinWholesale Company. Tom enjoyed working and driving his 1952 Chevy.

Survivors include his wife Cathy Diane Hutchison of Casper, Tammy Stenhaug (Jeff), Pam McCoy, Tomie Simms (Jay) all from Casper, three brothers, Bill Hutchison, Rick Hutchison, Mike Hutchison, two sisters Toni Feurt, Renee Olsen, five grandchildren, Kellan Stenhaug, Kris Stenhaug, Bailey McCoy, Hayden & Brogan Simms and two great grandchildren Grayson and Cayden with one on the way. 

He was preceded in death by his parents and sister. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate memorials sent to his wife of 55 years at 1900 Johnstone Road Casper, Wyoming 82604. 


Dorothy M. Portz

Dorothy M. Portz:

It is with broken hearts that the Portz family said goodbye to our mom, AKA mama, Gma, Aunt, friend, wife. She went home to be with our Lord and her son on July 17, 2020. She will be missed every day until we see her again in heaven.

 Dorothy M. Portz ( Mastel ) was born in Ipswich, SD.  She married Roger Portz and raised their family in Casper, WY. She retired from Sunshine Corner Daycare in 2000, became a snowbird and then made the permanent move to Yuma, AZ   in 2015. 

She blessed many lives with her kindness for animals and children. She loved to camp, bowl, gamble and open her home to family and friends. 

She is survived by her best friend and husband, Roger Portz. Daughters Vicki Connelly, Roxanne Watson, (Casper,Wy) Shannon Portz (Yuma AZ), Son Doug Hemler ( Denver,Co ) 9 grandchildren, 4 great grandchildren and 1 great great grandchild. Two sisters, Frances Geier (Washington) and Dolly Dodd (Iowa).

She was preceded in death by her son Carl Portz, and 8 brothers and sisters. 

Services will be held September 11, 2020 @ 2:00 pm, St Patrick’s Church, Casper, Wy ( masks required if attending ) with a Celebration of Life reception following. 


Tracy Lee James

Tracy Lee James: March 07, 1961 – July 29, 2020

Tracy Lee James was born March 7, 1961 in Hot Springs, SD.

He lived on the family ranch southwest of Newcastle and attended country schools in the area. Tracy was active in 4-H and Junior rodeos growing up. Tracy helped his mother, Francy Martin, with her racehorses and worked for various racetracks.

Tracy went on to work for James International Refinery in Texas and from there he worked for various companies in the oil field.

In October,1989 he married Warrene Conlin. In the 1990’s, Tracy trucked over the road to all 48 connected States and Canada

In 2004, Tracy went to work for Black Hills Trucking, Inc, in Gillette, WY. He worked there until his passing.

Tracy is survived by his wife, sons, Justin James and James Todd; daughter, Lisa (Dylan) Duckworth; grandchildren, Klasina and Quinlan; mother, Francy Martin of Casper and his sister Kelly (Mike) Daniels Of Osage; one niece Holly Daniels and two nephews, Josh Daniels and Tom JamesTracy is preceded in death by his father, Michael James and brother, Michael “Punk” James.

There will be a Celebration of Life and barbecue at the Weston County Fairgrounds in Newcastle at 1 p.m. on Aug. 29,

Memorials and condolences may be sent in care of Walker Funeral Home 410 Medical Arts Court, Gillette, WY 82716. Condolences may also be expressed at www.walkerfuneralgillette.com


Edward Joe Lichliter

Edward Joe Lichliter: May 18, 1959 ~ August 7, 2020 (age 61)

Edward “Ed” Joe Lichliter, of Casper, WY, age 61 passed away peacefully on Friday August 7th 2020 at Central Wyoming Hospice and Transitions.

Ed was born May 18th 1959 in Ogden, UT. He had one older brother, Bill Lichliter. Ed and his family moved to Casper in 1959, where Ed attended school.

Ed managed a McDonald’s restaurant and graduated from Hamburger University, one of his proudest achievements! He had quite the collection of McDonald’s drinking glasses which he loved.

Ed moved to Virginia Beach, VA where he went on to manage a Pizza Hut restaurant. While living near the beach, Ed developed a love of dolphins. He acquired a huge collection that he brought back to Casper when he returned a few years later. Anyone that knew Ed couldn’t see a dolphin figurine or wind chime without it reminding them of him.  

Ed loved to cook and bake. He developed many of his own recipes, and made lots of beautiful wedding and birthday cakes for family and friends. He also loved Christmas, he had a “themed” Christmas tree before it was cool! Decorating the tree and wrapping presents in matching silver and mauve was a big deal to him.

Ed had a great (usually twisted) sense of humor and could make anyone laugh. He had lots of friends that meant so much to him, he considered many of them family. He was a giving person that would help in any way that he was able. Ed also had a soft spot for animals, he had many pets throughout his lifetime. Ed loved his dog Rusty and his Pekingese, Gizmo was his constant companion for the last 14 years of his life. Ed loved to have a good time, some of his most cherished times were those spent with family. His passion for life and fun personality will be greatly missed!

Ed is survived by his son Randy Keylon, Granddaughters Breona, Jordan and Julia Hernandez as well as two great grandchildren. He is also survived by his nephew Joshua Lichliter (Lisa) and nieces Crystal Howell (Marcus), Zabrina Stewart (Mark), Kimberly Heid and His sister-in-law Patrice Lichliter.

Ed was preceded in death by his father Clarence “Cal” A. Lichliter, his mother Erma G. (Harrop) Lichliter and his brother William “Bill” C. Lichliter.

A celebration of life will be held Saturday August 22, 2020 at the Washington Park Band Shell at 2:00 pm. Hors d’oeuvres and water will be provided. We will be sharing our favorite memories of Ed, so please be thinking about a story that you’d like to share.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to:

Central Wyoming Hospice and Transitions, 319 S Wilson St Casper, WY 82601

Metro Animal Services, 2392 E Metro Rd. Casper, WY 82601

Casper Humane Society, 849 East E St Casper, WY 82601

Cremation is 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.