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Obituaries: Rhoades, Knobel, Ala

Barbara Jean Rhoades

CASPER, Wyo. –

Barbara Jean Rhoades: November 30, 1936 ~ September 30, 2020 (age 83)

Barbara Jean Rhoades died peacefully on September 30, 2020.

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She was born on November 30th,1936 in Casper ,Wyoming to Charles and Lillie (Eye) Ketchum. On September 17th, 1955 she married Richard E Rhoades in Casper and together they had three children; Pamela, Brian and Richard (Scott).

Barbara enjoyed  family, camping and traveling. She spent many years volunteering with, hospice, Meals on Wheels and as a pink lady at the hospital. She then opened Stride-Rite Bootery in the Mall and loved serving the people of Casper. A special time in her life was meeting President Kennedy at the Billings airport in 1963. She always said how special it was when he patted her son Scott on the head. The photograph of thus moment was included in the book “Westward We Go”.

Barbara is survived by sons Brian (Stephanie) Rhoades and Scott Rhoades and daughter Pamela Erben all of Casper, dog Copper, grandchildren, Nate Faulkner, Jessica (Alan) Carswell, Dustin (Chelsey) Rhoades, great grandchildren Allie and Peyson, brothers Gary Ketchum and Ernie Ketchum, sister Peggy and numerous other relatives.

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

Donald Coy Knobel

Donald Coy Knobel: October 19, 1925 ~ September 25, 2020 (age 94)

Donald C. Knobel, 94, of Casper, WY passed away peacefully of natural causes at home surrounded by family on Friday, September 25, 2020. A graveside service will take place on Tuesday September 29, 2020 at eleven o’clock at the Highland Cemetery.

Donald was born October 19, 1925 in Casper, WY to Kenneth B, Knobel and Alice Emily Coy. He graduated from Natrona County High School in 1943.

Donald joined the Army Aircorp in 1943 serving in WWII flying some 35 missions over Japan as a Right Blister Gunner and attaining the rank of Staff Sgt. He also garnered many recognitions. (I.e. The Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal – 3 Clusters, Asiatic Pacific Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal and the Unit Citation Medal.)

He lived a life of service to his community becoming a firefighter and contributing for 34 years at the Casper Fire Dept where he became Battalion Chief.

Donald will be most remembered for being a devoted husband. He met the love of his life June R. Knobel in Casper. They were married on June 7, 1947 in Casper and together would share 64 wonderful years together. They would enjoy making memories raising a family and spending long hours squaredancing.

Donald was also a friend to everyone who knew him, he was fascinated with people. Donald was also an outdoorsman and loved to hunt and fish. He enjoyed golf and cheered on the professional golfer Fred Couples. Donald was also a fan of professional horse racing. He had always hoped to make it to 95 and came close.

He is survived by his sons, Thomas Michael Knobel of Casper, WY, Kenneth Lee Knobel of Ruidoso, NM, daughter, Donna June Methena of Houston, TX; one granddaughter and two great granddaughters.

Those who preceded Donald in death include his parents, Kenneth B, Knobel & Alice Emily Coy; wife June R. Knobel; son, Bill Dean Knobelof San Diego, CA; bothers, Charles Richard, Knobel of Casper, WY. and Arthur Robert Knobel of Riverton, WY.

The family asks that memorial donations may be made to Meals on Wheels and the Humane Society of Casper.

Services have been entrusted to Bustard & Jacoby Funeral Home. Condolences may be shared at

Donna Lorraine Ala

Donna Lorraine Ala: 1939 – 2020

Funeral Liturgy for Donna Lorraine Ala, 80, was celebrated on October 5, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. in Casper, Wyoming, at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, by Father Ray Rodriguez. Rite of Committal was conducted at Memorial Gardens Cemetery immediately following services.

Vigil for the deceased was recited on October 4, 2020 at Newcomer’s Funeral Home.

Donna died on October 1, 2020 at the Washakie Medical Center.

Donna was born October 26, 1939 in American Falls, Idaho the daughter of Martha Lilifae Wenz and Emil Emmanuel Bauer. She was one of three children and grew up on the family dry farm in Lake Channel. In third grade Donna’s country school closed and the family moved to American Falls so the children could continue with their education. During summers the family moved back to the dry farm until after harvesting. Donna said those were happy peaceful days for all of them. Following graduation from American Falls High School, Donna attended Idaho State College and received her Secretarial Certificate. Donna was working in Pocatello, Idaho when she met the love or her life, William Patrick Ala.

Donna and Bill were married on May 7, 1960 in Pocatello, Idaho. They moved to Virginia where Bill was stationed at the Norfolk Naval Base, followed by a move to Casper in 1963. Donna worked as a bookkeeper for CIT Corporation during the 1970’s and was a dedicated Weight Watchers lifetime member and meeting leader for many years.

Donna was an active member of St. Anthony’s Catholic Church and a regular volunteer with the Holy Cross Center Food Bank, where she also provided bookkeeping services. A devoted wife, mother and grandmother, she enjoyed sewing, gardening, and searching for new recipes.

In 2016, she moved to Worland with her husband Bill where she resided until her death.
Donna is survived by her sister JoAnn Bauer, five children, 10 grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren.