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Obituaries: Underwood, Tribby, Winfrey

Helen Lavon Underwood

CASPER, Wyo. –

Helen Lavon Underwood: 1928 – 2020

Helen Underwood passed away October 5, 2020 at the Wyoming Medical Center in Casper. She was born July 13, 1928 in Northwood, Iowa. Her parents, Esther Lenz and Claire Brager lived in Northwood with her brother Don. Helen’s father died when Helen was 13 years old. Helen’s mother remarried and they moved to Midwest, Wyoming. Helen graduated from Midwest High School. On June 13, 1946 she married Bob Underwood in Billings, Montana (they eloped)

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Bob and Helen resided in Luverne, MN where Bob worked as a lineman for Bell Systems Telephone Company. Their son Gray was born. In 1948 they moved to Midwest, WY and Bob worked as a lineman for Stanlind Oil and Gas. Helen was a homemaker and two more sons were born, Michael (Mick) and Vance. While raising their sons they enjoyed the outdoors of Wyoming and camped whenever they could.

In 1968 Helen started working at the Junction Cafe in Midwest starting as a waitress and then became the manager. Bob and Helen bought into a partnership in Elephant Head Lodge outside of Yellowstone National Park. Helen was a working partner until she went to work in customer service at Sears in 1970. She was promoted to Service Center Manager and worked for Sears until her retirement in 1988.

When the boys were grown Bob and Helen became avid snowmobilers. After retirement they traveled much of the United States with their travel trailer. They then spent the winters in Arizona, first in Yuma and later in Casa Grande until 2005. They had been in their home in Casper until Bob became ill in 2015. He passed away in 2016 and Helen resided at Mountain Plaza Assisted Living until her death.

Survivors include: son, Gray (Cookie) of Casper; son, Mick (Linda) of Greeley, CO; son, Vance (Joni) of Yoder; granddaughter, Shelly (Blaine) Hytrek of Casper; granddaughter Amy (Lance) Peterson of Casper; granddaughter, Valorie Szlemko, of Kingwood, TX; granddaughter, Tracia (Jason) Young of Greeley, CO; grandson, Robbie Miller of Colorado Springs, CO; granddaughter, Michele (Brian) Penney of Windsor, CO; Helen is also survived by 5 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her brother, and her husband.

There will be a private family service held for Helen.


Margie B. Tribby

Margie B. Tribby: October 25, 1933 ~ September 27, 2020 (age 86)

Margie Berniece (Thuleen) Tribby, 86 passed away on September 27, 2020 in Casper, WY. Margie was born to Orville and Myrna Fletcher on October 25, 1933 in Cody, WY in the upstairs bedroom with a fireplace in the house now known as The Mayors Mansion. Her beloved brother Dale was born in the same room two years earlier. Margie graduated in 1951 from Cody High School.

She worked as a telephone operator for three years in Cody. She married Jay Crain on October 3, 1953. Together they had three children. Jay and Margie divorced in 1971.

On February 26, 1972 Margie was married to John Tribby in Lander, WY. They divorced in 1995.

Margie took many adventurous jobs and enjoyed meeting new people. Her jobs included librarian, jewelry sales, optometry sales, shoe sales, spa sales, seasonal sales at Hickory Farms, as well as sales in the gift shop and IMAX movie theater at the Grand Canyon, AZ.

She always kept busy and was willing to give a helping hand. She had a great sense of humor, classy style, and was an all-around great lady. Margie made friends easily and she will be greatly missed by her children and all who knew and loved her.

She is survived by her three children, Richard (Jeffery) of San Francisco, CA, Rod (Tammy) of Otterbien, IN, and Loretta of Casper, WY; five grandchildren; and ten great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Myrna (1951); father, Orville (1980s); and brother, Dale (2015).

Memorial services were held at 11:00 AM, October 7, 2020 at Occasions by Cory, 303 S. Wolcott, Casper, WY (Upstairs); followed by a reception on the main floor. Memorial donations to the Casper Humane Society would be greatly appreciated.

Arrangements are entrusted to Bustard & Jacoby Funeral Home, 600 CY Ave. Casper, WY 82601.


Bernard H. Winfrey

Bernard H. Winfrey: May 12, 1942 ~ October 3, 2020 (age 78)

Bernard H. Winfrey (O.J), age 78 of Casper, WY passed away on Saturday, October 3, 2020 as a result of complications due to diabetes.

A Wyoming native, Bernard was born in Casper on May 12, 1942. For two decades, he worked as a Sanitation Technician for the City of Casper and capped off his working career as a Field Supervisor at Teapot Dome Oil Fields. Throughout his life, he was an avid outdoorsman, enjoying the abundance of hunting and fishing experiences of the Wyoming wildlife.

Bernard is survived by his four children, Bethine Haliburton (Daughter) and sons James Winfrey (Nora), Charles Dean Winfrey (Cheyenne) and Damon Winfrey. Bernard is also survived by his mother, Ruthie Mae Winfrey-Miller, his four sisters, Barbara Sweets, Winifred Winfrey, Ruthelle Winfrey-West and JoAnn Butts, 11 grandchildren, 6 great grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews, other family members and friends. He is preceded in death by his father James H. Winfrey and grandson James K. Winfrey.

Because of the recent Covid-19 pandemic, no funeral service will be held. However, the family will conduct a private memorial service in which mourners will be invited to attend the inurnment ceremony.

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