Obituaries: Aksamit, Gulley, Rhoades, Sorell, Stewart - Casper, WY Oil City News
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Obituaries: Aksamit, Gulley, Rhoades, Sorell, Stewart

Larry Aksamit

CASPER, Wyo. –

Larry Aksamit: 1948 – 2020

Larry Joseph Aksamit, age 72, of Casper, passed away peacefully October 7, 2020 at his home surrounded by family. Larry was born September 26, 1948 in Sheridan, Wyoming to Joe and Anne (Washut) Aksamit. He graduated from the University of Wyoming with Bachelor Degrees in Electrical and Biomedical Engineering. He was employed with the United States Bureau of Reclamation for more than 30 years, retiring in 2002. Larry developed a deep appreciation for Wyoming’s outdoors spending his free time hunting, fishing and ranching. He was also a passionate woodworker and general artisan. He loved spending time with his grandson, Landon, passing on his skills and vast knowledge of everything from playing guitar, building things from scratch, mechanics, science, gardening, and everything in between.

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Larry was preceded in death by his parents and son, Danny Aksamit. He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Betty Aksamit; Daughter, Christy Aksamit; Grandson, Landon Aksamit; sister, Karen (Tom) Mulholland, and extended family including nieces, nephews, and cousins.

A Rosary will be held Tuesday, October 13th at 7:00 pm at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church. The Funeral Mass will be held Wednesday, October 14th at 10:30 am at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church. Interment will be held at Sheridan Municipal Cemetery at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to his grandson’s college fund in Larry’s memory
(Ugift529.com: Code: Z5W-A7M) and to honor his profound appreciation for higher education.


Paul Joseph Gulley

Paul Joseph Gulley: 1943 – 2020

Paul Joseph ‘P.J.’ Gulley was born June 18, 1943, in Glendale, California to Robert Sr. and Elaine Gulley.

A Wyoming resident for most of his life, he was a restaurateur, operating Village Inn restaurants in Wyoming and Colorado.

Paul was preceded in death by his brothers: Robert Jr., and Dean. He is survived by Suzanne, his wife of 53 years. Paul is also survived by his son, Dwight Gulley of Richmond, Virginia; his sister Dianne Boudreaux of Houston, Texas; one granddaughter, and several nieces.

Paul passed away peacefully in his home in Casper, Wyoming on Wednesday, October 7th at the age of 77.

In lieu of flowers, the family would ask you make a donation to your local hospice center or to the American Heart Association.


Larry Lee Rhoades

Larry Lee Rhoades: 1939 – 2020

Larry lost his battle with Alzheimer’s on September 30, 2020 at Sunrise Senior Living in Chandler, Arizona, his home since 2016. He was born December 22, 1939 in Casper, Wyoming to Harold Rhoades Sr. and Goldie Brobst. In 1958, he married Cheryl Bishop, and together they had 3 children, Christopher, Bert and Shanna. They divorced in 1967. He married Dorothy McHattie in 1968 having one child, Annette.

Larry graduated from Natrona County High School and worked as a manager for One Hour Martinizing. He subsequently retired from Texaco Refinery and Pacific Power & Light. He loved his pets and plants. He was an avid outdoorsman and frequently enjoyed fishing, hunting, camping, and riding ATVs. Larry attended The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and enjoyed his work as a High Priest.

Larry is survived by his brother Harold Rhoades Jr., brother Robert Dennis Rhoades, sister Nancy Sue Tripp, son Bert Rhoades, daughter Shanna Rhoades, daughter Annette Wang, four grandchildren, and three great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his spouses, son Christopher Rhoades, brother Richard Rhoades, sisters Myrtle Cadwell, and JoAnn Rhoades.

Memorial services will be held on Friday, October 16th at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1075 Morado Dr., Casper, Wy 82609. Viewing will start at 9am, service at 10am, and graveside service to follow at Highland Cemetery. The family requests masks be worn for the protection of all attendees.

Memorial donations may be made in Larry’s name to your chosen Alzheimer’s charity.


Laura Sorell

Laura Sorell: 1937 – 2020

Laura E. Sorell, age 83, of Douglas, Wyoming passed away October 7, 2020 at her home. Laura was born October 2, 1937 in Buffalo, Wyoming to John and Dale (Bulkley) Brown. She graduated from Buffalo High School in 1955. She was a homemaker for the majority of her life caring for her family. She was a member of St. James Catholic Church in Douglas.

Laura was preceded in death by her parents, loving husband Joe, sons, Joe and Chris, and daughter Laurie. She is survived by her daughter, Holli (Mark) Helms, Son, Steve (Char) Sorell, Son, Gary (Kathy) Sorell, daughter-in-law, Tammy Sorell, and 8 grandchildren, and 13 great-grandchildren.

A graveside will be held Monday, October 12, 2020 at Douglas Park Cemetery in Douglas, Wyoming

Memorial contributions may be made to American Cancer Society in Laura’s memory.


Frank D. Stewart

Frank D. Stewart: February 22, 1928 ~ October 8, 2020 (age 92)

Frank D. Stewart, age 92, passed away October 8, 2020, at Meadow Wind Assisted Living Facility of natural causes.  Frank was born February 22,1928 son of Frank and Helen Stewart, in Marshall, Minnesota.  His family moved to South Dakota and he attended schools in Sturgis and Belle Fourche, and graduated from Rapid City High School in January 1945.

He was inducted into the Army Specialized Training Corps in March 1945 and later was assigned to detached service with the Coast Artillery Corps at their proving grounds at White Sands, New Mexico.  After discharge from the military in 1947, Frank attended the University of South Dakota, receiving his B.S. degree in Business Administration in 1950.  He was a member of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity.

On June 17, 1951, he married Elaine Glade in Ocheyedan, Iowa. Following their marriage, they moved to Casper, Wyoming and started their family.  Frank is survived by a daughter Gail Cheever (Gary) of Bountiful, Utah; daughter-in-law, Karen Stewart; four granddaughters; six great grandchildren; and five step-grandchildren.  He is also survived by a sister, Donna Pickup (Dick).  He is predeceased by his wife and two sons, Gary and Michael.

Frank worked for General Motors Corp from 1950 to 1953, when he started selling Pontiacs at Triangle Motors.  In 1956, he became associated with Evans Nagel Motors and later became General Manager and Partner of the dealership. He served as President of the Casper Auto Dealers Association and of the Wyoming Dealers Association.  In 1982 he sold his interest in the dealership and later became associated with Fred Dowd in the financial planning and brokerage business. He retired in 1995 to enjoy life with his family and four granddaughters.

He served on the board of directors of the Casper Chamber of Commerce, Open Spaces Commission (Parks and Recreation) and the Wyoming Highway Users Federation.  He was an active member of the Casper Lions Club since 1958, serving as President and Deputy District Governor, and on many committees.

Frank was most recently a member of Trinity Lutheran Church. He held various board member positions, was Steering Committee Chairman, President and elder of Mount Hope Lutheran Church.  He was on the Board of Directors of the Wyoming District of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod when it was formed.

Memorials to the Stewart Music Endowment Fund of Trinity Lutheran Church or to the Allen H. Stewart Lions Camp for the Blind would be equally appreciated.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. October 12, 2020, with a visitation from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m.  at Trinity Lutheran Church, 1240 S. Missouri, Casper, Wyoming.

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