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Obituaries: Islas-Banuelos, Wilson, Zagurski, Seidel, Highland

Reynaldo Islas-Banuelos

CASPER, Wyo. –

Reynaldo Islas-Banuelos: 1952 – 2020

Reynaldo Islas-Banuelos, age 67, of Casper, passed away August 30, 2020 at Wyoming Medical Center. Reynaldo was born October 27, 1952 in Nayarit, Mexico to Gregorio and Maria De Jesus (Banuelos) Islas. He met and married the love of his life Valerie in 1985. He was a contractor for majority of his life. He was very hardworking and enjoyed spending time outdoors. He was currently retired in Casper, Wyoming.

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Reynaldo was preceded in death by his parents, 1 sister and 3 brothers.

He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Valerie Islas, daughter Veronica (Duglas) Islas-Maldonado, daughter, Bianca (Tyler) Emerson, Son, Nicolas Islas, grandchildren, Kyri, Alma, Emma, Victoria, Ezekiel, Sora, Roxas, many brothers, sisters, nephews, cousins.

The family will receive guests Thursday, September 10, 2020 from 9:00 am – 11:00 a.m. for viewing at Newcomer Casper Chapel, mass at 12:30 at St. Anthony’s church with a graveside service to follow at Highland Cementary at 2 p.m. following a celebration of life service/reception at lifestep’s gym.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to his family at First Interstate Bank in Valerie Islas’ name.


John W. Wilson

John W. Wilson: 1931 – 2020

John Wilson, born in Raton, New Mexico on January 21, 1931 to John Wilson & Beatrice Brown (Cleland) Wilson. John lived in Raton, New Mexico before his family relocated to Rock Springs, WY. then settling in Winton, WY, then moving to Reliance when the Winton Coal Mine shut down. John graduated from Reliance, High School in 1949. He later went to radio school and enlisted in the Army as a paratrooper. John met and married Diana S. Haynes formerly of Rock Springs on December 27, 1968, they and later divorced in 1991.

John enjoyed retired life after retiring from Allied Chemical in 1992. He always had a project to keep him busy, there were always rummage sales calling his name. John had so many friends, most of which became family to him. He loved going to gun shows with his good friend Tom Ligget, moving cattle & hunting with his former Brother in Law, Bill Mayo, catching up with the latest gossip and reminiscing with his dear cousin Liz Strannigan. But his favorite times, were spent in the mountains of Big Sandy with his grandsons and other family.

John is survived by his daughter Tara Gunyan-Wilson of Reliance, WY. Three grandchildren, the lights of his life, Zach Gunyan, Laine Gunyan and wife Paula, Justin Gunyan, all of Rock Springs, WY. John is also survived by his brother, Ronald C. Wilson and wife Martha of Amarillo, Texas, his nieces and nephew, John Wilson and wife Lisa, Joanne and husband Lindy Hopper, Karen and husband Dwayne Ripperger, all of Amarillo, Texas and Lisa and husband Blake Ausbrooks of Oklahoma. He had many great nieces and nephews, and soon to be his first great granddaughter, as well as many cousins, aunts and uncles whom are all scattered across the Country.

John was preceded in death by his parents, John and Beatrice Wilson, his cousins Margaret Strannigan and Bill Strannigan. Per his wishes a funeral will not be conducted. The family will gather at a later time to spread his ashes.


Norma Jean Zagurski

Norma Jean Zagurski: July 4, 1930 ~ August 29, 2020 (age 90)

Norma Jean (“Beany”) Zagurski, 90, of Casper, Wyoming passed away on August 29, 2020 in Casper, Wyoming.

Norma was born in Belzoni, Oklahoma to Arthur and Laura (Goodin) Morrison on July 4, 1930.  She went to school and graduated from high school in Rattan, Oklahoma in 1948.  Encouraged by her oldest brother “Boots,” she went on to earn a nursing degree in Texas at the Amarillo School of Nursing.  After nursing school she enlisted in the Army Nursing Corps and received officer training at Fort Sam Houston, Texas and then completed military duty at the Fitzsimmons Army Medical Hospital in Denver, attending to TB patients returning from Korea.  In Denver she met Dave Zagurski and they married in 1954.  She left the Army on honorable discharge when Dave found a job in Casper, Wyoming.  She enjoyed knitting, sewing, reading, growing beautiful roses, camping, fishing, dancing and raised two daughters. Norma worked for Natrona County Memorial Hospital (now Wyoming Medical Center) and then for Dr. Kenneth Roberts for close to 30 years and Dr. Frederick Cubin for 10 years.  She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, was a Sunday School Teacher. and later a deacon. She enjoyed being with family, attending her grandchildren’s sports events, and loved watching football, baseball, soccer, hockey and basketball.  She had a great sense of humor and loved her family. 

She is survived by her daughters Barbara (Reed) Rooney of Casper and Carol (Barry) Stark of Cheyenne, her 4 grandchildren Gavin (Nicole) Rooney of Laramie, Allison Rooney of Casper, Christine Stark of New Zealand, and Justin Stark of Bremerton, Washington, and 2 great grandchildren, Cathleen and Dylan Rooney of Laramie, and 1 sister, Barbara Stalnaker of Norman, Oklahoma and numerous nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, 5 brothers and 2 sisters.

Funeral service for immediate family and internment of ashes will be held at Oregon Trail Veteran’s Cemetary at a later date.  Bustard’s Funeral Home will be handling the arrangements.  No reception is planned.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to Wyoming Dementia Care, 2546 E. 2nd St. #602, Casper, WY 82609.

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


Brandon Arthur Seidel: September 13, 1987 ~ August 31, 2020 (age 32)

Brandon Arthur Seidel, 32, of Casper, passed away August 31, 2020 in Casper.

Brandon was born on September 13, 1987 in Gillette, Wyoming.

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. 


Harry Blaine Highland: 1930 – 2020

On September 4, 2020 Harry Blaine Highland passed away in Casper, WY at Wyoming Medical Center. Born October 26, 1930, in Basin Wyoming, to Clifford Blaine and Genevieve Ida (Sellers). He attended schools in Hyattville and Manderson Wyoming. At the age of 17, Harry enlisted in the US Navy, and served his country for the next 20 years of his life. He retired September 18, 1965, as Chief Boilerman 2nd Class.

On March 9, 1956 he married Leona (Myers) in Oceanview, VA. On December 2, 1959 they welcomed a daughter, Genevieve Ellen, On October 27, 1969 Mary Ellen was born and was adopted by them in April of 1970, in West Covina, CA.

In 1973 Harry and Leona moved the family from Riverside, CA. to his home state Wyoming. Moving to Casper he attended Casper College and became a master welder and worked for WATCO. He also worked in the oilfield, for Jim’s Pipe Service and worked for Coliseum Motors for 13 year til he retired in June 1992. He resided in Casper to the time of his death..

Leona passed away on June 20, 1986.

On August 20, 1988 he married Delores Van Dike.

He is survived by his wife, Delores, his 2 daughters, Genevieve Bender, Mary (William) McNamara. 6 grandchildren, Veronica Bender, Blaine Bender, Michael Bender of Casper Mercedes (David)Hahn of Sea Girt, NJ., Bo McNamara of Breckenridge, CO, and McKenzie Rae McNamara of Casper, WY. and 6 great grandchildren, Malakai, Izaiah, Ana Liese, Hadley Marie, Khaizer James and Kruz Haven all of Casper.

Through his union with Delores he also gained 5 stepchildren, Curtis Hatt, Joel Hatt, Kenneth Hatt, Susan Sterling and Douglas Hatt, and 12 grandchildren and numerous great grandchildren and great great grandchildren.

Harry is proceeded in death by both parents.

Harry lived a long and enjoyable life almost making it to the age of 90. There will be no services in Casper per his request, only graveside services in Basin, Wyoming 1:00 PM on Thursday September 10, 2020 at Mount View Cemetery, were he will be laid to rest with Leona and his mother and father and numerous relatives, with Military rites.

The family also wants to thank the doctors and nurses for the wonderful care Harry received at Wyoming Medical Center.