Obituaries: Freiberg, Frailey, Hardtarfer, Lamb, McKinney, Duncan, Raye, Dunston, Bell - Casper, WY Oil City News
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Obituaries: Freiberg, Frailey, Hardtarfer, Lamb, McKinney, Duncan, Raye, Dunston, Bell

Patrick Joseph Freiberg

CASPER, Wyo. –

Patrick Joseph Freiberg: 1932 – 2020

Pat was born August 5, 1932 in New Underwood, SD to Joe and Anna Freiberg.  He grew up on a ranch in western South Dakota and attended a country school near the Cheyenne River east of Rapid City about 100 miles. He then attended St. Martin’s Academy in Sturgis, SD for two years of high school and then attended South Dakota State Agriculture High School graduating in 1950. He went on to Black Hills Teachers College and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Education.

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He was drafted into the US Army in 1954 and served in the Alaskan Command after basic training. After discharge in July 1956 he began his career in education in Lusk, Wyoming. 

In June 1957 he married Ferne Horton in Sturgis, SD.  They moved to Casper, WY where both of them had teaching positions.   He received his Masters’ Degree in Guidance and Counseling from Colorado State Teachers College in Greeley, CO and served as Guidance Counselor at NCHS.

During the summers he kept busy in the construction world and was involved in building several homes in the Casper area.

After 31 years in the Natrona County School District, he retired and became an insurance agent with New York Life Insurance. He spent many years enjoying the insurance industry.

He was a faith filled member of Our Lady of Fatima Church, attending daily mass for many years…belonged to the Holy Name Society serving as president of Holy Name several years. He was very active in Golden K Kiwanis and served on money making projects and clean-up campaigns. He was on the board at St. Vincent de Paul and the Pathfinder Credit Union. He felt being a volunteer in these organizations was an important community responsibility.

Pat enjoyed life to the fullest…played bridge, danced, enjoyed traveling…cruises…going with the family to Austria…..spending time at Alcova Lake, picnicking there and pulling eager-to-learn young water skiers around the lake. Many summer hours were spent listening for the famous words ‘hit it’ as the skier rose out of the water another time!

His pride in his kids and grandkids was never ending.  He never missed a ceremony or a sporting event or a chance to support his loved ones in any way he could.

He is survived by Ferne and five children:  Jan Bernethy (Patrick), Jeff (Celeste), Jon, Jill Weibel (Cory) and Jeneen Hill as well as ten grandchildren: Adam (Shannon), Eric, and Ian (Riata) Walker;  Alex Hill and Kathryn (Bailey) Long; Lucas and Sam Freiberg, Gabe (Nick) Bruner; Ellie and Erin Weibel…three great granddaughters Kylie and Kinsley Walker and Chaise Long and one great grandson, Beaux Bruner.

A private family funeral will be held at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church on Tuesday, November 10 at 10:30 a.m. The funeral will be able to be viewed at the following link: tribucast.com

Donations in Pat’s name may be made to St. Anthony’s Tri Parish Catholic School.


Marcelle “Marcie” Frailey

Marcelle “Marcie” Frailey: 1935 – 2020

Marcelle Jeanette (Townsend) Frailey Born March 29, 1935 and passed to the Lord October 30, 2020.

Marcelle, better known as “Marcie” was born in Sheridan Wyoming, March 29, 1935. She was the daughter of Benjamin Townsend, who was a train engineer and mother Francis (Townsend) Kleweno, a talented upholster. She had one sibling, her sister Janice (Townsend) Daberkow, who currently lives in Monmouth, Oregon. Marcie had 5 children, Christine McMaster, John Voedisch, Lorraine Luckenbill, Amy Horgus and Connie Henderson. She was proceeded in death by both parents, son John Voedisch and husband Woody Frailey. Talented in many areas of her life, Marcie excelled in cooking, sewing and anything crafty! Marcie had a genuine love of the Lord and was an active “prayer warrior” in her church. She was a true blessing to anyone in need spiritually or otherwise. Always loving, caring and giving of herself, Marcie was a joy to those who were fortunate enough to have known her. Marcie leaves behind many grandchildren and great grandchildren. Due to Covid travel restrictions, a memorial is planned at a later date.

“Marcie’s Story”

Marcie began married life as a young woman of a mere 16 years of age and having 5 children, made her a remarkably busy mom. Marcie was an amazing cook and could make what she cooked almost too pretty to eat. She had an incredible talent for sewing and often made clothes for her children and grandchildren. She was a talented crafter and enjoyed making cross stitching baby blankets. Blankets that are still treasured today. Although Marcie’s first marriage did not work out, she later met the love of her life, Woody Frailey. Woody added the fun into her life again. The vision of him putting her in a shopping cart and pushing her down the aisle of the grocery store still brings a smile to all who witnessed it. Woody, being a barber, happened to have an extra barber chair. Being a highly creative person, he decided to bolt the chair in the back of the pickup truck. This was just to make his Marcie happy, who had recently taken up shooting gophers. You see; this chair enabled Marcie to easily swing from the left to the right as they drove down the gopher infested prairie. The vision of Marcie sitting in a barber chair shooting gophers while swinging this way and that positively brought tears of laughter to everyone’s face! Woody, being a cowboy, also introduced Marcie to horseback riding. She enjoyed riding her horse, which was appropriately named “Lady Littlebit”. Marcie and Woody also opened a horse boarding stable in Helena Montana called, “Blue Haven Stables” , which was just one of the many ventures Woody and Marcie undertook. Marcie was 40 when she met the other love of her life, Jesus. Her bible, church, and prayer life were especially important to her. She was an amazing prayer warrior who prayed frequently for friends and family. Marcie read her bible daily and practiced what she read. She loved her church and her church family. She was generous, and kind, full of fun, had a great sense of humor, and a ready smile. Everyone who met Marcie loved her. She was sunshine and warmth. She loved well and was well loved by everyone who knew her. The world will be dimmer without our Marcie, but heaven is so much brighter with her there! We forever hold her love in our hearts. The cherished memories of our time together are stored in each of our memory banks. We know she is now totally free; no more pain, no more sadness, giggling happily in the arms of Jesus. We will miss you but we know, we will see you again someday.

Marcie leaves behind her sister Janice Daberkow, her daughters; Christine McMaster, Lorraine (Charles) Luckenbill, Amy (Robert) Horgus, and Connie (David) Henderson. Marcie also leaves behind several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and many others who loved her and called her “Grandma”.


Eugene L. Hardtarfer

Eugene L. Hardtarfer: 1935 – 2020

Eugene L. Hardtarfer, 85, of Casper, Wyoming, formerly of Lawrence,Kansas, passed away Friday, October 30, 2020 at Mountain Plaza Assisted Living in Casper, WY. He was born on May 20, 1935 in Lawrence, KS to George H. and Eva Mae (Sutton) Hardtarfer.

Eugene attended White School in Lawrence, KS, Cordley Elementary, Central Junior High, Liberty Memorial High School and graduated in 1953. He went on to attend the University of Kansas and Baker University in Baldwin City, KS.

He served in the US Army with Company H, 135th Infantry Division, where he achieved the rank of Specialist Two, Personnel Clerk and was stationed in Toul and Nancy, France. He also served in the Kansas National Guard.

Eugene met Florence Lorene Samples, the daughter of Daniel M. and Wilma A. DeHoff Samples, in Wichita, KS. They got married on October 4, 1958 and together they had two children, Daniel and Jennifer.

Eugene became an Insurance Inspector with Retail Credit in Kansas City, MO. Throughout his career he also worked as a Sales Representative for Culligan Water Conditioners in Lawrence, KS, a Sales Representative for Winter Chevrolet in Lawrence, KS and a Real Estate Agent/Broker for Holmes, Peck & Brown Real Estate. He worked as the Vice President of the Lawrence Savings Association and decided to run his own business, Heck & Hardtarfer Realty and Gene Hardtarfer Real Estate and Appraisal.

During his working years and beyond, Eugene enjoyed civic groups and activities, he was the Past President of the Lawrence Breakfast Cosmopolitan Club, Cosmo of the Year in 1972 with the Lawrence Breakfast Cosmopolitan Club. He was also the Past President of the Lawrence Board of Realtors 1968, became Realtor of the Year, Lawrence Board of Realtors in 1976, and served as the Director of the Kansas Association of Realtors 1978/1979. Eugene was also the Past Secretary/Treasurer of the Topeka Chapter Society of Real Estate Appraisers.

He is preceded in death by his wife, Florence Lorene Hardtarfer.

Eugene is survived by his son, Daniel H. (Brenda) Hardtarfer of Lawrence, KS; daughter, Jennifer L. (John) Greenup of Casper, WY; grandchildren, Brandon (fiancé, Shelby Swafford) Hardtarfer of Lawrence, KS, Jaymie L. (Jonathon) Kuehler of Denver, CO, Katherine M. (Dwayne) Pennant of Charlotte, NC, and Heather M. (Kyle) Maeger of Lynn Haven, FL; great-grandchildren, Josie Kuehler, Myah Pennant, Clark Maeger, Marilou Maeger, and Laurel Maeger.

No services will be held at this time. The family suggests donations in Eugene’s memory may be made to the Mountain Plaza Assisted Living & Memory Care, 4154 Talon Drive, Casper, WY 82604, Mountainplazaassistedliving.com and/or Central Wyoming Hospice & Transitions, 319 S. Wilson Street, Casper, WY 82601, www.cwhp.org


Sally Fay Lamb

Sally Fay Lamb: 1944 – 2020

Sally Fay Lamb, 76, of Casper, WY passed away on November 2, 2020 at Casper Mountain Rehabilitation and Care Center.

She was born on February 14, 1944 in Danville, IL to Earl and Elizabeth Dunkley. She moved to Casper with her family when she was in the 8th grade. She married LeRoy Lamb on January 15, 1961. In 1970 they moved to Newcastle, WY where they raised their four daughters. She worked mainly in retail and loved working at Saver’s Mart for several years. In 2001 they moved to Torrington, WY to be equal distance from their daughters and grandkids. While in Torrington, she worked at Vandel Drug for several years. She loved being around her horses and cats. She also loved gardening, making the holidays special, and attending as many of her grandkids activities as possible. In 2018, they moved to back to Casper to be closer to family.

She is survived by her husband, Roy of Casper, WY; daughters LaDonna Welton (Wes) of Sidney, NE, Brenda Hanks (Rex) of Glenrock, WY, and Shawna Rettinghouse (Stoney) of Newcastle, WY; grandkids Jessica Herbert (Bronc) of Broadwater, NE, Aspen Gutknecht (Kevin) of Knoxville, TN, Jordan Hanks (Diana) of Temecula, CA, Stoney Rettinghouse Jr., Alex Rettinghouse, and Colter Rettinghouse of Newcastle, WY; and 4 great-grandkids with one on the way.

She is preceded in death by her parents Earl and Elizabeth Dunkley, her brother William Dunkley, and her daughter Carrie Lamb (Wendtland).

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or a charity of your choice in Sally’s name.

A viewing will be held at Newcomer Funeral Home from 5-8pm on Monday, November 9th. Services will be held at Newcomer Funeral Home Tuesday, November 10th at 1pm followed by burial at Highland Cemetery. Please join the family at 40 Sage Hills Rd. Glenrock, WY for a reception following the services.


Rose Irene McKinney

Rose Irene McKinney: 1944 – 2020

Rose Irene McKinney (Randall)

Our beloved mother passed away on November 3, 2020.

Rose was born on March 22, 1944 to Felix Randall, Sr and Rebecca Velasquez Randall in Ogden, Utah where she grew up with twelve siblings. Rose attended schools in Ogden, receiving her cosmetology license. She made her home in San Diego, CA for most of her life and later moved to Casper, WY with the love of her life, Barry. Rose worked at several grocery stores in the deli department until she became disabled.

Rose loved her family with all her heart! Her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren were her life! She enjoyed football, baseball and loved to play poker.

Rose is preceded in death by her parents; her husband Barry McKinney; daughter, Jessica Gomez; grandson, Tre Gomez; six brothers, Felix Jr., Patricio, Isaac, Alfonso, David and Michael; and four sisters, Lydia, Olivia, Angie and Judy.

Rose is survived by five children; son, Arthur, Cheyenne, WY; daughter, Paula (Adam Duran) Casper, WY, grandson, Jorge (Stephanie), great grandkids, Xander and Tyce; grandson, Anthony, great grandchildren, Analiese and Gabriel; son, Martin, Salt Lake City, UT, granddaughter, Rebecka (Kevin), great grandkids, Destri, Daisy and Kevin Jr., grandson, Dean, granddaughter, Chelsea (Zac) , great grandkids, Ayla and Tenley; son, Hector (Tammie), Omaha, NE, granddaughters, Taylor and Jaiden; son, Sean (Buffy), Omaha, NE, grandson, Gage, granddaughter, Mia; grandchildren, Tyler Gomez, Tanya Gomez, Catherine Swanson and great grandson, Darian Gomez. Rose is also survived by two brothers, David (Della) Randall, Bremerton, WA and Francisco Randall, Ogden UT; great Tio, Kelly (Lisa) Velasquez, Dolores, CO; three sister-in-laws, Elaine, Jackie, Libby and their families as well as many cousins, nephews and nieces.

Cremation has taken place. The family will have a Celebration of Life in early summer of 2021. Rose’s family would like to thank everyone for all the prayers throughout this difficult time.

A special thank you to Central Wyoming Hospice and Transitions for the amazing care your gave our mama. A heartfelt thank you to Garden Square and Casper Mountain Rehabilitation.

Memorials can be made in Honor of Rose McKinney to Central Wyoming Hospice and Transitions, 319 S. Wilson Street, Casper, WY 82601. Newcomer Cremations, Funerals and Receptions has been entrusted with arrangements.


Alvin Willis Duncan

Alvin Willis Duncan: 1956 – 2020

Alvin Willis Duncan, Jr. January 9, 1956 – November 2, 2020

Alvin passed away at the Wyoming Medical Center in Casper Wyoming on November 2, 2020 and cremation has taken place. At his request, there will be no services.

Alvin “Al” Duncan was born on January 9, 1956 in Torrington, Wyoming to Alvin, “Bud” and Delores (Popp) Duncan. He grew up on the family farm near Lingle, Wyoming with his brother, Jim and sisters, Pam, Cindy, Kathi, and Ginger. Al received his education at Lingle Schools, graduating in 1974.

Al married Tina Mooney at the family home on September 10, 1977. To this union, one son was born, Christopher Duncan on February 20, 1978. Although they later divorced, Alvin and Tina remained close friends throughout their lives.

Alvin worked for his father at Valley Line Construction, alongside his brother Jim, Uncle Butch, Cousin Bill, and nephew Lee. Together, they dug and buried telephone and fiber optical lines across the panhandle. Al was a telephone pole climbing champion and never stopped until the job was done.

Al later went on to college and received his Associates Degree in Biology from Eastern Wyoming College in 1990. He continued his education at the University of Wyoming in Laramie graduating in 1992 with a Bachelor of Science: Wildlife, Fish Biology and Management.

Alvin took great pride in his career with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. He was a Supervisory Fish Biologist from 2002 until his retirement in 2019. In 2014, Al was one of 3 people from his region to be nominated to attend the National Conservation Training in West Virginia. He was very honored at this opportunity and was chosen to give a presentation to the entire conference. Al was immensely proud of his work, and at one point, he helped to reintroduce a certain species of fish to the area. Watching fisherman catch the fish that he raised from babies brought him great joy and he loved to show these pictures off to his friends and family.

Al was a patient, kind, strong and hard-working man. He was always smiling and always had something positive to say, even while he was fighting his hardest against cancer. Alvin loved his family and friends and tried to stay in contact with everyone as much as possible. Outdoors is where Alvin loved to spend his time. He had a passion for hunting, fishing, camping and most of all, riding his motorcycle. He put his two wheels on the pavement any chance that he got, stopping to take beautiful pictures of the scenery, and visiting friends along his route. He made life-long friends on many of those rides and made a point to be involved in their lives. After he received the news of his cancer, he spent his free time riding up and down the coast of California and making the most of the time that he had, with the people who loved him.

Alvin had an incredibly special bond with his grandson Bo and was able to celebrate a great accomplishment with him on a very memorable motorcycle trip to Washington D.C… Al was extremely proud of Bo and took great pride in watching him become the man that he is today.

He will be greatly missed by his son and daughter in-law Chris and Melissa, grandchildren, Bo, Videl, and Caiden, along with his bonus family, Tina, Marsha, Paige, and Forrest.

Alvin is also survived by his father Bud and stepmother Betsy Duncan, sisters Pam (Roger) Peterson, Cindy (Charlie) Sharp, Kathi (Gary) Rickard, and Ginger (Vern) Jones and sister in-law Mollie Duncan. His stepbrothers, Ken (Ruby) Starrett, Mike (Tammy) Starrett and Don (Christine) Starrett. He is survived by his cousins, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews and great-great nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his mother, Dee Popp Duncan, his older brother James Duncan, Aunt and Uncle Pat and Butch Sorenson; and step-mother, Delores Duncan as well as several other family members.

Newcomer Cremations, Funerals and Receptions, Casper is entrusted with arrangements.


Eldon S. Raye

Eldon S. Raye

Eldon Raye, 88, of Casper, WY left his earthly home and stepped into the loving arms of our Savior, Jesus Christ on November 4, 2020. He was born on February 16, 1932 in Freda, North Dakota to Erhardt and Freda Schmidtgall. He attended school and graduated high school in Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin.

Eldon had various careers during his lifetime, from television and radio news and entertainment, to finance and investment, and eventually as an independent painting contractor.

He loved children, and spent several years hosting a children’s television show called, “The Marshal Bill Show,” on KFYR TV in Bismarck, North Dakota in the late 50’s.

He was a prominent member of Highland Park Community Church, where he often held leadership roles in services and support groups such as Celebrate Recovery and adult Bible studies.

Eldon was proceeded in death by his parents, as well as his loving wife, Beverly, and a sister, Delores. He is survived by his twin brothers, Dave and Duane Madsen, his children, Jim Raye, Deb Muhlbeier, Mark Iverson, Bryce Iverson, stepdaughters Laura Weiss and Dawn Hendrickson, stepson Storm Charron, seven grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Services are pending.


Nancy Oleta Dunston

Nancy Oleta Dunston: March 18, 1932 ~ November 2, 2020 (age 88)

Nancy Oleta-‘Lee’ (Johnson) Dunston aka ‘Meemaw’; 88 years young, of Casper Wyoming, left this world Sunday November 1st 2020. Born March 18, 1932 on Ft. F.E. Warren/Cheyenne, Wyoming.

This graduate of Cheyenne HS (1950), after raising three daughters, earned her, BA & MEd through the University of Wyoming (GO POKES) and then taught 4th grade @ Jefferson and Park Elementary, especially enjoying sharing her love of storytelling, games, theater and Wyoming history with her students.

Sing-a-longs in the car, around the campfire and at our annual Christmas caroling parties will long keep her memory alive. Though the poker game will have an empty chair, at least now we have a chance to win the pot; we may for once have the lower score on the golf course or higher count @ the bowling alley.

Lee is survived by her husband of 68 years, Francis Paul Dunston; three daughters. Valerie Otto (Bill) of Belgrade, MT; Christine Duncan (Paul) of Arvada, CO; and Pamela Frazier (Jeff) of Laramie, Wyo.; eleven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.      

 Our family owes a HUGE “Thank you” to all the kind staff of Mountain. Plaza Memory Care.

Memorial Service/Celebration of Life: Bustard & Jacoby Funeral Home November 7th 2 P.M.; Please also share time with the family during Visitation 1-2

Memorials in remembrance can be directed to:   Wyoming Girl Scout Council

Condolences may be shared at www.bustardcares.com

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


Edna Pearl Bell

Edna Pearl Bell: December 4, 1933 ~ November 4, 2020 (age 86)

We were always told that when Mom was born she was less than 5 pounds and she was brought home in a Puss n Boots-boot box.

She was then known as “Puss” to her family and siblings-she, the little sister to one older sister, Della, and two brothers, James and Leroy, who also had the nickname Booger, we never learned where that came from. But to all in the family he was just Booger..and he was taken from all of us many years to soon.

Mom is the very last of her family. She called for her family in her last days. She would reach for something.. We believe and feel certain it was her sister and brothers hands as they frolicked off to play in the canyons of the Texas panhandle.

Mom was a basketball Queen-a star player. A beautiful woman. She married our Dad, Billy Gus Bell, and began a roller coaster ride of a marriage. They had three kids; Billy Dan, Bobby Joe and Lila Ann. All three kids married wonderful spouses who fit into the family like pieces of a puzzle.

Mom was a lioness-she would not let anyone say or do anything against her family. Many grand children, great and great-great grands were born. Mom was so proud of ALL her family and she always smiled as she talked about of all of them. A special mention is she always said “we have two “Bell’s” to carry on our name”… (you know who you are! No pressure!) Dad passed suddenly one day, but Mom was a survivor and made the decision that if she was going have to be alive without Dad-then she was going to live! And, live she did! With many wonderful companions …she traveled, saw things, met people, ate wonderful foods, took cruises, danced the evenings away, enjoyed the Senior Center and all their parties and dances, did volunteer work and then one day she was asked by her daughter and son-in-law to move to Casper, Wyoming.

Mom never gave up an opportunity to travel-so…upon arriving in Casper, Wyoming, every window of her life had a view of the beautiful Casper Mountain, which became a favorite place of hers.

She lived her final years at Shepherd of the Valley Nursing Home in Casper, Wyoming. She said that she loved her life there among her many friends, and all the Staff there. Every day was like an adventure. She considered all of them her family. She said “I’m happy here. It is my home. They like me here and I like them. I am safe and I am always taken good care of.” And, she sure was. Wonderful, wonderful care to our Mom was always given with love and never any malice.

The Church staff were a jewel of her life as well and she loved them so much.

That monster called Covid, crept in and stole Mom from us. We weren’t ready to let you go, … it wasn’t the ending we had planned for you or for us. So…”Run through the canyons, see Casper Mountain, breathe and be still and know you are now at peace and with God. Find your family! Find Dad!” Your love is our cloak and we feel safe and warm and strong because of it.

Thank you for showing us how to live and how to die. You were supposed to never die❤️ (12/4/33-11/4/2020)

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