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Obituaries: Kath, Schnepper, Rogers, Bauer, Hanson, Simon, Curtis

Victoria Mai Yukino (Oda) Kath

CASPER, Wyo. –

Victoria Mai Yukino (Oda) Kath: 1961 – 2020

Victoria Mai Yukino Kath (nee Oda, Freeman), 58, of Casper Wyoming, passed on Sunday, September 6, 2020. Vicki was born in San Francisco California to Rosemary McCaul (Nesbitt, Lebinski) and Masao “Roy” Oda. Rosemary, Roy, her brother Robin, and ex-husband Robert Kath all preceded Vicki in death. Vicki will be forever cherished and remembered by her family, son Justin Freeman (wife Kris) in Colorado Springs Colorado, her brothers Theodore Vandeutekom (Sharon) also in Colorado Springs, John Oda (Jazmyyne) in California, and William Vandeutekom in Washington state, and her partner of 20 years Mark Beebe in Casper. She also shared many great times and memories with her ex-husband David Freeman (Julia), and his sister Debbie Lee (Terry), and countless Dear Friends.

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Over the years, Vicki lived in Arizona, Colorado, and Wyoming. Everywhere Vicki lived, she made lifelong friends. She was kind and caring, loving and generous, gregarious and fun-loving. Wherever Vicki was, there were good times to be had. She always made time to visit and share kind words and gestures. She loved her work, she loved her Friends, and she loved being outdoors. Vicki touched many people during her life. She loved it while she was living it, she always lived it the way she liked, and now she’s forever free. If anyone could figure out how to make the universe and this whole afterlife thing a party, it’d be Mom!

We’ll gather to celebrate Mom at dates to be announced. Let’s share memories and keep in-touch via

Fred Schneppner

Fredrick John Schnepper (Fred)

May 13, 1931 – September 11, 2020

Fred passed away, quietly, on September 11, having used up every bit of his strength in his full life.

He served in the Navy during the Korean Conflict. And will be buried at the Oregon Trail Veterans Cemetery with Military Honor services on Thursday, September, 17 2020 at 1:30pm. .

Fred was a man of many talents, logger, crude hauler, construction driver, and most recently, up to August 2020, skate sharpener for the Casper Ice Arena where he earned a statewide reputation for excellent work. Throughout his life he enjoyed water-skiing, hunting, motorcycling, snowmobiling, fishing, carpentry, cutting as well as planting trees. His yard has been called “The Other Big Tree Area in Casper’.

Fred was a Wyoming native who really loved the state’s beauty, and, of course, his cats!

He was preceded in death by two children, Katie and Daren Schnepper, and one nephew, Mark Tison. He is survived by his wife, Eileen Schnepper (Couglin), a sister, Betty Tilson, Sons; Scott, Thomas, Steven (Jennifer) and Timothy, one daughter, Rachel, several step-daughters, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.

He will be missed, greatly.

Ruth Elaine Rogers

Ruth Elaine Rogers: 1931 – 2020

Ruth Elaine Rogers, 89, went home to be with her Lord on September 14, 2020.

Ruth was born in Midwest, Wyoming on August 14, 1931. She graduated from Midwest High School in 1949.
In 1950, she married Lee Hall Rogers. They lived on a farm just south of Gillette and then settled in Midwest, Wyoming, where they raised six children (including two sets of twins).

Ruth was very active in raising and caring for her children, in her church, playing piano, and in the Ladies Missionary Circle. Ruth worked on the playground and in the front office of Midwest Schools. Ruth enjoyed attending sports and musical performances of her children.

Ruth’s hobbies included knitting, embroidery, canning vegetables from her backyard, and she was a “Fierce” game player, winning most every game. She was a fabulous mother, reading stories, taking her children on very fast drives in the green station wagon, playing games, and much more. Later in her life, she enjoyed driving her red PT Cruiser, and then she became a Bingo queen at her assisted living.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Edna and Roy Miller, her husband, Lee, her brothers, Bob and Don Miller. She is survived by her sister, Shirley, her children, Don (Terri) of Palm Harbor, FL, Dean (Monica) of Johnstown, CO, David of Casper, WY, Carol (Dan) of Colorado Springs, CO, Barbara (Bob) of Albuquerque NM, and Bruce (Linda) of Eugene, OR; 10 grandchildren, 9 great grandchildren, and one great-great grandchild.

A visitation for family and friends will be held on Saturday, September 26, 2020 at 1:00 pm at Newcomer Casper Chapel. The funeral service will be held at 2:00 pm with a graveside service following at Wyoming Memorial Gardens.

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Sally Bauer

Sally Bauer: 1939 – 2020

Sally Joe Bauer, age 81, of Evansville, Wyoming, formally of Titusville, Florida, passed away September 15, 2020 at her son’s home in Evansville. Sally was born March 27, 1939 in Hamilton, Montana to Jack and Emma (See) Hangas. She was a secretary for the majority of her life in the construction industry. She enjoyed to sew, knit, paint, and travel. She was a wonderful mother.

Sally was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Jim Bauer, her daughter, Lynne Bauer, sister, Judy, brothers, Victor, David and Ron. She is survived by her son, Scott James Bauer, and two sisters, Kathy Blaine and Diane Conklin.

No services will be held at this time.

Memorial contributions can be made to Trinity Lutheran Church, 3671 South Hopkins Ave, Titusville, FL 32780.

Linda Hanson

Linda Hanson: 1951 – 2020

Linda Hanson, age 69, of Casper, passed away September 11, 2020 at Wyoming Medical Center. Linda was born May 8, 1951 in Spokane, Washington to Alfred and Beverly (Jeannerett) Shaw. She worked in retail as a cashier for the majority of her life. She enjoyed gardening, crafting, and reading her bible. She was a member of the Evangelical Free Church in Casper, Wyoming.

In addition to her parents, Linda was also preceded in death by her brother, Claude Carl Shaw. She is survived by her daughter, Eulynda (Shawn) Dukart, Daughter, Shawna Patterson, son, Joshua (Sherri) Bond, 5 grandchildren, Tayler, Michaella, Gage, Jordan, and Emily, 1 sister, Patricia Diane Larson, 1 Brother, Paul Shaw, and numerous nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at 10:30 am on Saturday, September 19, 2020 at Cornerstone Evangelical Church in Casper.

Memorial contributions may be made to Central WY Hospice in Linda’s memory.

Lila Jane Simon

Lila Jane Simon: March 27, 1931 ~ September 10, 2020 (age 89)

Lila Jane (Schneider) Simon, 89, passed away on Sept. 10, 2020 at Primrose Retirement Community in Casper due to complications from Alzheimer’s. Born March 27th, 1931 in Bismarck, ND to Anton and Hedwiga Schneider, Lila was the oldest of 4 children, she had 3 brothers; Eugene (Duke), Paul, and Michael. She attended St. Mary’s school in Bismarck, graduating in 1949. Afterward she worked as a secretary at Provident Life in Bismarck.

On February 3rd 1951 she married Gordon Simon, of Mandan, ND. They were married 62 years and raised 4 children. They resided in Bismarck until 1963 when Gordon was transferred to Casper with Standard Oil. After her children were older, Lila worked for the Natrona County schools system, eventually becoming the administrative assistant at the Casper Planetarium before retiring in 1993. After retirement, Lila and Gordon lived in Casper until 2007 when they moved to Fort Collins. In 2014, after Gordon passed, she moved back to Casper to be near her friends and her church; both were meaningful in her life. She enjoyed music, doing things with her friends, and she loved everything Christmas.

Lila is survived by her 4 children; Sandra Simon of Fort Collins, CO, Kent Simon of Lander, WY, Ronald Simon of Morrison, CO, and Barbara Gmeiner of Missoula, MT, 8 grandchildren; Lee Simon of Casper, WY, Matt Simon of Rochester, NY, Sara Simon of Chicago, IL, Emily Gmeiner of Washington, DC, Riley and Koby Curtiss of Fort Collins, CO, Luke Simon of Morrison, CO, Cassidy Gmeiner of Missoula , MT,  2 great-grandchildren; James and Danielle, brothers; Paul and Michael Schneider, both of Bismarck, ND, and 12 nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband Gordon (2013) and her brother Eugene (1999).

A Funeral Mass will be held at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church on Friday Sept. 18th at 10:30 AM, and a rosary and remembrance on Thursday Sept. 17th at 7:00 PM at Bustard & Jacoby Funeral and Cremation. Lila’s remains will be buried next spring at St. Mary’s cemetery in Bismarck.

A special thank you to friends who were by her side during her last days; Marianne Byrd, Julie Anne Milberger, Elaine Trotter. Donations may be made to; Fisher Center for Alzheimer’s Research Foundation, 110 East 42nd St. New York, NY 10017, St. Patrick’s Church Casper, Central Wyoming Hospice and Transitions.

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

Colleen Rae Curtis

Colleen Rae Curtis: March 21, 1951 ~ September 12, 2020 (age 69)

Coleen Clymer Curtis was born March 21, 1951 in Laramie, WY to Roy Clymer and Ruth Pountney Clymer. She passed away on September 12, 2020 at Wyoming Medical Center. Coleen was preceded in Death by her dad Roy, brothers Monty and Werner, daughter Cherie and grandson Nathan. She is survived by her mother Ruth Jenkins, brothers Jerry and Karl, sisters Carolynn, Christine and Martha, sons John and Jude and daughters Patricia and Renee. As well as many nieces, nephews and grandchildren. Funeral Services to be held at Bustard’s Funeral home. September 22, 2020 at 10 AM. 600 CY Ave, Casper, WY.

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