Obituaries: Allen, Brown, Volin, Carlson, Ravert, Cameron - Casper, WY Oil City News
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Obituaries: Allen, Brown, Volin, Carlson, Ravert, Cameron

Joshua David Allen

CASPER, Wyo. –

Joshua David Allen

Joshua David Allen, 18, of Casper, Wyoming, passed away unexpectedly on August 12, 2020.

Joshua was born in Lander, Wyoming on May 4, 2002, the son of Paul and Karmen (Gordon) Allen. He attended schools in Shoshoni and Riverton, and then completed his last 3 years of High School at Kelly Walsh after moving to Casper with his family in 2017. Joshua graduated from KWHS in May of 2020.
He was very involved in band, attending Concert Band, Marching Band and two Jazz Bands. He played a variety of instruments including the trumpet, euphonium, and trombone. He dabbled with other instruments including saxophone, guitar, and piano. Josh was always striving to better himself in all areas of his life.
In his free time, Josh enjoyed hanging out with his family and friends. He loved classic cars, and trucks, and going on 4wheeler rides with his grandpa. His pride and joy was his truck “Sierra”, which he purchased in April.

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One of his greatest gifts included recognizing the needs of others and jumping in to lend a hand. He would often volunteer his time in the form of helping care for his neighbor’s dogs, moving furniture, hanging sheetrock at the church he attended, and too many other ways to count. In the summer of 2018, Josh attended a mission trip to Canada with Boyd Avenue Baptist Church to reach out to underprivileged children to teach them about The Word of God and basketball.

He had an outstanding work ethic. During his Junior and Senior years, Josh worked at Dairy Queen. He genuinely loved his job and his co-workers. In May of 2020, he took a job as an apprentice for Triple T Remodeling.

Josh will be remembered most for his humor. He was always able to come up with a quick witted pun or joke for just about any occasion.

Josh is survived by his mother, Karmen Manasco and step-father, BJ Manasco, sister, Mary (Ed) Fields, and their daughter Samantha, brother, Kaleb Allen, step-brothers, Zack Manasco, Jake Manasco, and KC Manasco, grandparents, Ken and Kathy Gordon, uncle, Kevin (Tina) Gordon and their son, Matthew Gordon; and numerous paternal cousins.

He is proceeded in death by his father, Paul Allen, and both paternal grandparents, Mark and Anna Allen.


Kathleen “Kathy” Suzanne Brown

Kathleen “Kathy” Suzanne Brown, age 64, of Gillette, Wyoming, passed away August 12, 2020 at Central Wyoming Hospice.

Kathy was born November 20, 1955 in Casper to Paul and Shirley (Thaden) Brown.

Kathy began her career as a journalist in Green River where she worked for four years. When she relocated to Gillette, Wyoming, she began working at Gillette News Record where she was a writer for more than 37 years. She was named the 2016 Veteran Journalist of the Year by the Wyoming Press Association. She had retired from the News Record in March due to her health after working as a journalist for 41 years.

Kathy was preceded in death by her father, Paul, two brothers, David and Micheal. She is survived by her mother, Shirley Brown, brothers, Tim, Ben (Lori) and John (Denise) Brown, numerous nieces and nephews.

A mass of celebration will held at a later date in Gillette. Interment will be at Wyoming Memorial Gardens in Casper.


Tom Anthony Volin

Thomas Anthony Volin, age 64, of Casper, passed away August 6, 2020 at his home. Thomas was born April 10, 1956 in Douglas, Wyoming to Thomas James and Anne “Nancy” (Flynn) Volin. He graduated from Kelly Walsh High School in 1974. He attended Casper College where he obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in Art. He met the love of his life, Lida Krans in high school and they later married on June 20, 1981 in Casper, Wyoming. Tom worked 36 years at Wyoming Department of Employment until his retirement. Tom enjoyed antique dealing, planting flowers, dancing, socializing with friends and spending time with his grandkids.

In addition to his parents, Tom was also preceded in death by his brother, Robert “Bob” Volin. He is survived by his wife of 39 years, Lida Ann Volin, son, Ryan Volin, daughter, Alicia Volin, sister, Anne Volin, daughter in-law, Kelley Barker, 3 nieces, 5 nephews and 4 grandchildren, 1 great niece.

A celebration of life is pending at this time.

Memorial contributions may be made to Casper Humane Society in Thomas’ memory.


Paul Leif Carlson

LEIF CARLSON: August 11,1951- July 24, 2020 

Paul Leif Carlson, beloved brother, father, grand dad and friend to so many, comfortably passed away in his home on July 24, 2020.

Anyone who knew him undoubtedly loved him and only called him Leif.

Leif was born on August 11,1951 in Waynesburg, PA and lived much of his youth back East. He loved to talk about that period of his life where his passions for the great outdoors started for him young by exploring, hunting, fishing and trapping, ambitions he maintained all of his life.

His family moved to Boulder, CO in his teenage years where he attended and played basketball at Fairview High School. Colorado became home for Leif and he hunted and fished the beautiful scene of the western mountains. In May of 1990 Leif made Casper, WY his family’s home and his new outdoor playground where antelope, deer and elk could be hunted and Walleye fish could be caught.

Leif felt that to truly appreciate God’s blessings of the wilderness and wildlife a person should simply be in it. Leif’s job of surveying for Texaco Oil and then later driving semi trucks allowed Leif to explore and to see all of the lower 48 states.

Casper was home for Leif for the remainder of his life.

Leif will be terribly missed by his family and by those who knew and loved him. If only deer and elk knew the pardon that his absence this bow and rifle season is affording them.

Leif is survived by his life long best friend and brother Tim Carlson of Windsor, CO, his daughter Jewel Tunstall of Casper, WY his two sons Zachary and Caleb Carlson of Canon City, CO and his five granddaughters and two grandsons.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, August 22nd at Calvary Baptist Church at 1800 S. Conwell St. Casper, WY. The Live Steam will be on Calvary Baptist Church’s Facebook page. 


Wade Allen Ravert

Wade Allen Ravert, age 57, a life-long resident of Casper, passed away in Chula Vista, Cali­fornia on August 5, 2020.

He was born in Casper to Dean and Dolores Ravert. Wade graduated from Na­trona County High School in 1981 where he played football and was on the wrestling team. His educa­tion then continued at Cas­per College, and he then transferred to the Universi­ty of Wyoming.

After receiving his degree, he settled in at Dave Johnson Power Plant. He started working in the coal yard, and worked his way up to the Director of Operations. After 28 years of doing a job he loved, surrounded by coworkers who became some of his dearest friends, esophageal cancer forced his retire­ment in 2019.

He is survived by his wife, Debbie; son, Garrett; daughter, Shellbie (Chance); stepchildren, Brianna, TJ (Eli), Christopher (Jessi), and Jeremiah (Shanae); seven beautiful grandchildren that he adored; parents, Dean and Dolores; and sister, Cheryl.

Preceding him in death were his brother, Mike (Kelly); and stepson, Mathew.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, August 22, 2020 at College Heights Baptist Church, 600 West 21st Street in Casper.

There will be a Celebration of Life immediately following at Yellowstone Garage, 355 West Yellowstone Hwy in Casper.

In lieu of flowers the family has requested donations be made to a cause Wade held close to his heart, for children who have been diagnosed with life threatening diseases and disabilities to go on a hunting or fishing trip. Please make checks payable to “Hunt of a Lifetime,” in memory of Wade Ravert. These can be sent to their national headquarters: Hunt of a Lifetime P.O. Box 241 Harborcreek. PA 16461.


Sara Lynn Cameron (Kindred): 85 years old

Sara Lynn Cameron was born on May 19, 1935 in Denver, CO in the Florence Crittenton Home. She was then moved to Colorado Children’s home. She was adopted by Arch and Sybil Kindred in November of 1935. The family moved to Estes Park, Colorado where she grew up and attended school. She graduated from Estes Park High School in 1952.

Lynn, as she preferred to be called, went on to attend the University of Northern Colorado and graduated in 1956, majoring in Physical Education, with a minor in math and health. 

Lynn taught in a high school in Avenal, California for one year. Lynn married Jack Cameron in Estes Park, Colorado on June 29, 1957.

After they were married, Lynn taught in Evans, Colorado in the high school for one year. Jack was in the Marines and Lynn became a homemaker. In January of 1959, her daughter Perri was born in Pensacola, Florida on the marine base. They lived in Quantico, Virginia, Pensacola, Florida, Brunswick, Georgia, and Beaufort, South Carolina. 

At the end of the enlistment, the family moved back to Boulder, Colorado where her husband returned to work with the US Forest Service. They were transferred to Ft. Collins, Colorado, where two sons Scott and Craig were born. Again, the family was transferred to Worland, Wyoming and then about five years later were transferred to Sundance, Wyoming. Her daughter Perri graduated from Sundance High School in 1977. 

Lynn and Jack divorced in 1975 and Lynn moved to Casper, Wyoming where Scott and Craig graduated from Kelly Walsh High School in 1981 and 1982. 

Lynn worked for the Wyoming Girl Scout Council for 31 years. Lynn also worked part time for One Call of Wyoming and the Casper Star Tribune well into her 70’s. She did finally stop working and had a lot of time to relax and enjoy her family. Her favorite hobbies were reading, watching mystery movies/tv shows, watching I Love Lucy reruns and spending time with her family. She also loved going to the Big Horn mountains to spend time in the cabin that she and her sons built. She was the combination of toughness and compassionate in everything she did. 

She is survived by her daughter Perri L. (David) Shutts of Casper, son, Scott D. (Lisa Kay) Cameron of Palmdale, California and of Casper, son, Craig D. (Arlene) Cameron of Folsom, California, three grandchildren, Drew W. Shutts (fiancé Holly Tysse) of Casper, Sara C. Johnson (Scott) of Casper, Zachary J. Cameron (Dania) of Moscow, Russia, and three great grandchildren, Russell and Nicole Cameron and Crue Johnson. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, Arch and Sybil Kindred and her aunt, Helene Wentzel. 

Lynn has requested no services, but her family will be gathering in early October to scatter her ashes in the mountains of Wyoming. 

“Little by little as we grieve for our lost ones, we begin to remember not just that they died, but that they lived.”