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Obituaries: Ossa, Rich, Maser, Bushong

Edna Ruth (Hunt) Ossa

CASPER, Wyo. –

Edna Ruth (Hunt) Ossa: 1935 to 2020

Edna Ruth (Hunt) Ossa, age 85, passed away peacefully in her sleep on September 28, 2020.

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She was a wonderful friend, mother and grandmother and will be remembered for her kind and generous nature.

She was born to Col. Edward Everhart Hunt and Kathryn (Macharas) Hunt on March 12, 1935 in Knoxville, TN. Her first home was in Gatlinburg, TN. Her father was in the Air Force, so she lived many places during her childhood, including California, England, and Germany.

She graduated from Frankfurt High School and then attended Frankfurt Art Academy, where she met Wilhelm Ossa. They were married in Germany in 1954.

Their daughter, Julia Josephine, was born in Germany in 1955. The three then travelled by ship to New York City. In 1959, her son, Thomas Paul, was born in Memphis, TN.

They moved West shortly after to San Francisco, CA and later to Renton, WA; Long Beach, CA; Seattle, WA; and finally settled in Casper, WY in 1969.

She and Wilhelm divorced in 1974. After her divorce, she attended Casper College and earned a degree in Nursing and completed the Piano program.

In 1985, she met Mickey Mullen, who was the love of her life for the next 35 years.

She held several different jobs during her lifetime, including book transcriber, university secretary, piano and guitar teacher, LPN and finally as a minerals clerk for the Bureau of Land Management. She retired in 2000.

After her retirement, she volunteered to read with the students at North Casper Elementary School. 

She enjoyed playing Gin Rummy with Mickey (she had recently enjoyed a winning streak), reading and going to the gym.

She loved music, especially playing the piano, and exotic foods. She also enjoyed spending time outdoors, collecting rocks, birdwatching, walking her dogs and fishing.

She was adventurous and young at heart. Everyone who met her loved her. She loved spending time with her family and was so proud of her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. 

She was preceded in death by her parents.

She is survived by her long time partner, Mickey Mullen; her brother, Walter Hunt; sister, Mary Louise Hunt; daughter, Julia Ossa; son, Tom (Julie Ann) Ossa; grandchildren, TJ (Kandi) Ossa and Cassie (Richard) Rabourn; and great grandchildren, Tavia and Karsten Ossa, and Hunter, Skyla, Josiah and Gabe Rabourn. She is greatly loved and missed by all

.Funeral services will be held at Bustard’s on Friday, Oct. 2, at 2 p.m.

A viewing will be held prior to the service from 1 p.m. – 2 p.m. 

In lieu of flowers, she requested donations be made to the Casper Humane Society.


Carol Sue (Frye) Rich

Carol Sue (Frye) Rich: 1946 – 2020

Born in Casper Wyoming January 15, 1947 to Donald and Irene Frye.
Having been a Casper native, she attended Natrona County High school. She returned to Casper in 2008 after a rewarding 30 years in the insurance industry.

She enjoyed family, friends and traveling.
Carol is preceded in death by her parents, Donald and Irene Frye, sisters Patricia and Rita, and children Debbi, Jay, and Susan, and granddaughter Jordyn.

She is survived by her husband Thomas, son Ken, daughter Kristie, Sister Terry, Grand children, Theresa, Steven, Michael, Jennifer, Keith, and Michaela, and Sarah Great grand children, Sydney, Ethan, Tyler, Abby, Marigha, Gage and Allyson.

Graveside internment and Eulogy will be held at Highland Cemetery at 11am, with a Celebration of life to follow, Saturday, October 3.


Wyatt Christopher Maser

Wyatt Christopher Maser: 1991-2020


Wyatt Christopher Maser passed away May 18, 2020 in the line of duty while serving the Bonneville County Sheriff’s Office in Idaho Falls, Idaho.

Wyatt was born April 19, 1997 in Thermopolis, Wyoming to Christopher Michael Maser and Sandra Lorene Reid Arnold. Wyatt grew up in Casper, Wyoming where he attended schools and graduated from Kelly Walsh High School in 2014. Wyatt served in the United States Air Force from 2015 to 2018.

While stationed in Germany, Wyatt met his best friend, soul mate and love of a lifetime Paige Michelle Shaw. After returning stateside, Wyatt and Paige were married October 13, 2018 and their greatest adventure and joy of his life, Morgan Emily was born on August 1, 2019. Wyatt graduated from the Idaho Law Enforcement Academy just days after Morgan’s arrival. He truly had the life of his dreams. 

Wyatt was an avid waterfowl hunter, never missing a season except when he was in the Air Force. Wyatt and best guy friend, Riley Smith, spent many fall mornings hunting ducks and geese and enjoying their special friendship.

Wyatt was a member of Delta Waterfowl Snake River Chapter and at the time of his death, was working on a hunting blind for disabled hunters. This project is still being completed in Wyatt’s memory and will be names the Maser Blind. Wyatt was an honorable airman and law enforcement officer and his family could not have been more proud of all his accomplishments in only 23 years old.

Wyatt was preceded in death by his great grandparents Edward and Jeretta Peterson, Mike and Mary Maser and Genny Pottorff. Wyatt was also preceded in death by his great Uncle John Maser and his beloved first dog Nyx, who we have no doubt greeted him in Heaven with her vocal songs.

Wyatt is survived by his treasured and beloved wife, Paige Maser, his life joy and treasured daughter, Morgan Maser, his mother and dad #2, Sandy and Bill Arnold, his father and mom #2, Chris and Cheryl Maser, siblings-Cole Maser, Taylor Maese, Jesse Sharpes, and Alexys Arnold, grandparents-Dave and Paula Reid, Linda and Wayne Tasler, Mike and Darlene Maser and Don Carey.  Wyatt is also survived by his beloved dogs, Cooper and Oakley and his naughty cat, Momo.

Funeral services were held May 22, 2020 in Idaho Falls, Idaho and burial was at Fielding Memorial Park Cemetery in Idaho Falls.

A Celebration of Life for Wyatt will be held Saturday October 3, 2020, the opening day of duck season, at Vintage 1016 S. Poplar, Casper, Wyoming from 1:00 to 3:00 PM for all friends and family.

Please dress casual and come with your favorite story of Wyatt.

Donations will be collected for Paige and Morgan or donations can be made to Delta Waterfowl Snake River Chapter to finish Wyatt’s dream of a hunting blind for disabled hunters. If you make a donation to Delta waterfowl, please make a note on your check that says Maser Blind. All donations can be given at the celebration or mailed to PO Box 384, Mills, Wyoming 82644 in care of Sandy Arnold.


Herbert Wayne Bushong

Herbert Wayne Bushong: 1934 – 2020

Herbert Bushong, 86, of Cleveland, OK, entered eternal life on September 19, 2020 in Tulsa, OK.

He was born Sept 9,1934 in Mayes County, OK, to John and Jessie Bushong. He was married to Evelyn Rosetta Bushong for 44 years, spending 42 of those years in Casper, Wyoming and the last 2 years in Cleveland, Oklahoma. He was married to his first wife Jessie Davis for 22 years. 

He attended school in and around Chelsea Oklahoma. He attained numerous certificates and training from various colleges depending on where he was living. 

He spent 8-1/2 years in the US Army specializing in personnel and later ground to air missiles. His career was in the oilfield submersible pump industry and finally working overseas in Dubai U.A.E., Kuwait, Western Siberia Russia, Egypt and Indonesia. He would tell amazing stories about the people he worked with and of new friends he met from all over the world. 

He loved his fishing trips, along with hunting, camping and 4 wheeling in the mountains with family and friends. He loved living in the country, raising horses and gardening 

 He was a Jack of all Trades when it came to building or repairing anything. He was a member of the North Platte Walleye Club for many years and a life member of the NRA. 

He was preceded in death by his parents John and Jessie Bushong. He is survived by his wife Rosetta Bushong of the home, daughter Tracy (Randy) Elledge of Cleveland OK, sons Kenneth (Carla) Bushong of Casper WY , Richard (Beverley) Bushong of Leduc Alberta Canada, and James (Nancy) Bushong of Oologah OK.  8 grandchildren; Koltaen, Bregane, Braxton and John Bushong, Tristan Hack, Jessie Hunter, Rebecca David, and Renee Stone. 6 great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. Also a brother John (Kathy) Bushong of Federal Way, WA, and a sister Betty Johnson of Boise ID. 

A memorial service will be held in Wyoming next summer. Arrangements have been entrusted to Butler-Stumpff & Dyer Funeral home Tulsa Ok