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Obituaries: Elliott, Rich, Hargraves, Wingert

Kathleen Mae “Kathy” Elliott

CASPER, Wyo. –

Kathleen Mae “Kathy” Elliott: 1950 – 2020

Kathleen Mae Elliott passed away on 10/1/2020 following a 3+ year battle with Mesothelioma.

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Kathy requested no services due to COVID, but the family will host a memorial service at an appropriate time and date in the future.

Kathy, a Wyoming native and lifelong resident, was born a 3 lb. preemie on 8-3-50 in Glenrock, Wyoming to Melburn and Louise Spencer and spent the beginning of her life in an incubator in her family’s living room. Her battle early in life would presage how she would leave this life, as a fierce and tenacious fighter intent on making every day meaningful and worth fighting for.

Consumed with a lifelong concern for children, Kathy believed every child deserved a chance to experience love, happiness, and a shot at success. This was manifested through family choices such as mentoring and engaging the neighborhood teens, fostering children, and especially demonstrated in her work history and professional development.

Kathy worked for 21 years as a classroom aid for the Natrona County School District, including time spent at several elementary schools and NCHS. Her most memorable stint was teaching kindergarten enrichment at Fairdale Elementary school. Kathy established meaningful and purposeful connections with children of all ages, and this coupled with her tireless work ethic and prodigious patience, made her uniquely suited to working with children. Congruent with this passion, her post-education work history included time spent with Wyoming Family Literacy and Parents As Teachers, where she was delighted to help underprivileged families and children with educational opportunities and training. It should be noted that, despite the time and love dedicated to these causes and pursuits, Kathleen was always a devoted, gracious, and available mother to her boys.

Recreationally, Kathleen particularly enjoyed outdoor activities including water and alpine skiing, ATV riding, camping, hiking, fishing, and loved walking her faithful Labrador and ‘support system’ Suzy and the various “grand-dogs” of the family. A few of Kathleen’s favorite things were Pie Day when she would gather all the grandchildren before thanksgiving to prepare all the pies for dinner, family ‘Feeding Frenzies’, which were camping trips in lieu of more traditional family reunions, and her cherished Hawaii visits with her loving husband of 48 years, Bill.

Enjoying a marriage that has persevered through 48 years of joy and loss, triumph and tragedy, Kathleen and Bill have been inseparable and unfailingly true, and the union is the cornerstone on which the family is built. Please spare time in your thoughts and prayers for Bill during this difficult time.

Exhibiting the same grit and gratitude for the gift of life among loved ones, Kathy persevered through 43 distinct chemotherapy treatments with nary a complaint, and far outlived the original dire diagnosis. Join the Elliott family in celebrating the life and various battles of this stolid and dependable mom, grandma, confidante, mentor, facilitator, and most importantly, gracious giver.

Kathleen is survived by her husband William, four sons Casey (Jenniey), Matthew(Charity), and David (Stephanie) of Casper and Joshua(Riann) of Thornton CO, eight beloved grandchildren, father in law Marshall Elliott, sister in laws Betty (Jon)Wolfe of Casper , Carolyn Elliott of Pinedale, and Lynn (Norman) Schanck of Scottsbluff, brother Ray (Lisa) Spencer of Ft. Collins CO., uncle Gary (Dee) Tribble of KY., and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

In lieu of flowers Kathleen and the family request that donations be made to your favorite children’s or family’s charities, or one of the following wonderful organizations: Mimi’s House (https://www.mimishousewy.org/ ) , Seton House (https://www.setonhousecasper.org/) , Jason’s Friends (https://www.jasonsfriends.org/), Mercer Family Resource Center https://mercercasper.com/ , and Central Wyoming Hospice and Transitions (https://cwhp.org/).


Darlene Mae Rich

Darlene Mae Rich: 1926 – 2020

Darlene Mae Rich, age 94, of Glenrock, passed away September 30, 2020 at Wyoming Medical Center. Darlene was born September 4, 1926 in Lincoln, Nebraska to John and Marie (Hahn) Amend. She grew up in Lance Creek, Wyoming and graduated from Manville High School in 1944. She was a wonderful mother and granny. Her hobbies included sewing and crocheting.

Darlene was preceded in death by her parents, infant daughter, and sister. She is survived by her daughter, Karen (Jim) Blair, son, Chip (Debbie) Rich, daughter, Cheryl (Bruce) Culver, 6 grandchildren, Britt and Craig Culver, Jennifer Shugart, Justin Blair, Melany Rich and Elizabeth Schrieber, and 7 great-grandchildren.

Memorial Services will be held at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to Glenrock’s Senior Center in Darlene’s memory.


James Edward Hargraves

James Edward Hargraves: December 12, 1945 ~ September 30, 2020 (age 74)

James E. Hargraves December 12, 1945 – September 30, 2020

Jim Hargraves passed away at the age of 74 on Wednesday, September 30, from complications of Parkinson’s disease.  Jim was born in Philadelphia, PA on December 12, to James and Helen (Mettin) Hargraves.  He was the oldest of four children.  He graduated from Northeast High School in Philadelphia in 1963.  He joined the U.S. Army in 1964 and was honorably discharged in 1967.  On December 24, 1965, he married Laureen Epp.  They had four children, Maureen, James, Carolyn and Jerry.  

In 1968, Jim graduated from the Philadelphia Police Academy and was employed by Middletown township police department in Bucks County, PA.  In 1975, the family relocated to Casper, Wyoming where Jim worked as a police officer until 1986. 

Jim married Sharon Campbell in 1988 and they made their home in Philadelphia.  They were both employed at the Internal Revenue Service Center until they retired in 2005.  In 2007, they moved back to Casper to be closer to family.  When his eye sight failed, he sold his Harley Davidson and replaced it with a 1995 Corvette convertible.  He was  a member of the Harley Davidson Owner’s Group, Central Wyoming Corvette Club, Train Collector’s Association and Kentucky Rifle Association. 

Jim is survived by his wife Sharon, his children Maureen Thompson (Brian),  James Hargraves (Misty), Carolyn Hargraves-Stuart (Eric), and Jerry Hargraves and step-children Shayne Campbell (Swann), Michele Hollister (Steve) and Troy Campbell (Melissa), sister Patricia Hargraves and brother Robert Hargraves.  He had 19 grandchildren, 27 great grandchildren and 1 great-great grandchild.    

He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister Edith Rollings.

Services will be held on Tuesday, October 13 at 11:00 a.m. at the Veteran’s cemetary.  Masks are suggested, but not required.  In lieu of flowers, donations in his name to Central Wyoming Hospice and Transitions, 319 South Wilson St., Casper, WY 82601 would be appreciated. 

The family would like to express their sincere thanks to the staff at Meadow Wind and Central Wyoming Hospice for the excellent care he was given. 

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


Maxine Wingert

Maxine Wingert: July 26, 1924 ~ September 30, 2020 (age 96)

With great sadness, we announce the loss of our beloved mother, Maxine Wingert, from complications caused by COVID-19 virus. The daughter of Edwin and Geneva Unangst, she was born July 26, 1924 in Bartlett, Nebraska, and passed away on September 30, 2020. After graduation from high school, she became a teacher in a one-room rural schoolhouse. She met her future husband Ed Wingert at Casper Air Base after his return from combat in North Africa. They were married in 1944 in Alliance, Nebraska, in a service conducted by her grandfather William Taylor. “Two hearts entwined forever.”

After the war they made their home in Casper, as did many veterans of the air base. They loved Wyoming and for decades enjoyed camping in the Wind Rivers and at Glendo. Together Maxine and Ed became owners of a longtime Casper business, the John Jourgensen Paint Company, where Maxine served as bookkeeper and officer. Maxine lived in Casper for 74 years.

She was a loving and resourceful homemaker who delighted in being a mother to her three children. She enjoyed hosting her treasured extended family, and friends of her children, in her lovely home. Her yard was adorned with blooming flowers, a testament to her green thumb. Her twinkling smile lit up your heart. Her grandchildren loved every minute with “Grandma Max”.

She remained in the family home until the last year of her life, when she moved to the Garden Square assisted living facility, where she received skilled and loving care.

Maxine is survived by her daughters Beverly Antrim of Casper, and Phyllis (Eric) Potter of Queensbury NY, sister Georgia, brother Robert, grandchildren Spencer (Jenny) Mahaffey, Sam (Kara) Antrim, Emily (Nathaniel) Murphy, five great-grandchildren — Henry, Theo, Ada, Sylvia, and Evelyn, and numerous caring nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her son Ronald, her husband Ed, five sisters and one brother.

Since 1946, Maxine was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Casper.

No services will be held at this time. Memorial donations to the Casper College Foundation will be appreciated (125 College Drive, Casper, Wyoming, 82601, or caspercollegefoundation.org).

Tributes and condolences may offered online at www.bustardcares.com.

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