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Obituaries: Luckow, Mossbrook, Johnson, Felton

Layne D. Luckow

CASPER, Wyo. –

Layne D. Luckow: 1969 – 2020

Layne David Luckow, 51, of Casper passed away on Saturday November 7th, 2020 with Michele and Kody by his side.

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He was born to Larry Luckow and the late Linda Olson, June 13th, 1969 in Houston Texas. Layne graduated from Kelly Walsh High School in 1987. He married Michele Drazick on June 2nd, 2000.

He was a fighter from the beginning. He developed a severe lung condition as a child and wasn’t allowed to have anything with milk so that meant not a lot of treats. Layne would drink his cereal with coffee creamer and water. Layne never let sickness hold him back.

Layne and his family traveled and lived in many places including Singapore, Scotland, England, Wales, Hawaii, Texas and San Francisco. Layne’s father believed during these travels he learned to love everyone no matter their background. In 1977 the Luckow family moved to Casper Wyoming and settled in for many years. A favorite memory of his father is the time when Layne and another boy had to settle their differences. So the Dads brought their sons to the park. They circled each other for a while and the other Dad yelled “get him.” Layne said “Take your best shot.” The kid threw a couple of haymakers, Layne ducked out of the way threw 5 or 6 punches and it was over. The kid got an attitude adjustment and Layne’s dad “just grinned and went home a proud Dad with the victor at his side.” During Layne’s crazy days as a teenager he loved working on his many cars that usually cost a few hundred bucks, break dancing (true story) and what we fondly refer to as “ruffian games.” In 1995 Kody was born and Layne’s goal in life was to be the best dad. He spent countless hours with Kody on any new hobby or sport. Layne was all about the gear and always had to have the best. 1995 was also the year that Layne pursued his dream of owning and operating a 24 hour gym. The Flex Complex was not only a gym but a second home for many. He also owned a successful lawn business and later worked for the City of Casper.

Baseball was a huge part of our life. Layne coached Casper youth baseball and several travel teams over the years. You could not find a prouder father when he watched his son play baseball. We have so many fun memories of traveling all summer with several players crammed into mini van painted with a bad flame job and a Flex Complex logo.

Layne was able to fix anything and he loved a good project. I would love to say he enjoyed hanging up my countless treasures but occasionally you could hear some grumbling. One of his favorite hobbies was building custom motorcycles. Every part of the bike was customized. When Layne couldn’t find the right paint color for his last bike he followed a gal to her work because her car had the exact color he was looking for. She got out of her car and asked Layne “are you following me.” Layne said “yes”…I like the color of your car and I need to look at the door panel so I can use the color for my bike. Of course, Cooper was in the car and the gal said “Oh you have a boxer” and all the stalking was forgotten. He was a perfectionist and we loved to tease him about his CDO (OCD).

Layne is survived by soulmate Michele Luckow, his son and best friend Kody Luckow. (Lacee), His father Larry Luckow and Mary Ann Luckow, Brother Lance Luckow (Karla); Sister Lucinda Luckow. Step brothers Trevor Bergman(Darlene), Joe Bergman (Jenny). Uncles Loren and Lynn Luckow, numerous nieces and nephews, Faithful companions Cooper, Spud and Grand Dog Sage. Many loyal and dedicated friends. He is preceded in death by his Mother Linda Olson, Grandparents Bill and Minnie Luckow, Grandpa and Grandma Wilson and his Best friend Knuckles.

Services will be held at 10:00 AM on November 21, 2020 at Word Christian Fellowship, 1220 S. Melrose and immediately followed by a reception at the VFW, 1800 Bryan Stock Trail. Layne always appreciated a good Flex Complex Hoodie. In celebration of his life please wear your favorite Flex complex attire or baseball jersey from his coaching days.

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made to National Jewish Hospital in Denver Colorado to assist families with travel expenses.

Steven A. Mossbrook

Steven A. Mossbrook: 1946 – 2020

Steven Alan Mossbrook was born November 4, 1946 in Rochester, New York. He died November 5, 2020 in Casper Wyoming of lung disease complicated by COVID.

Steve was the second of five children born to Polly and Bill Mossbrook. He grew up in a rural setting near Lake Ontario. He attended Oberlin College in Ohio, graduating with a BA in Economics. Several years later, he earned a Masters Degree in Business Administration at Georgia State University.

He considered himself an entrepreneur, working in diverse areas such as selling copiers and commercial real estate, plastic bag manufacturing, cabinetmaking, and providing technology. Steve was proud of two abilities: he could sell, and he could count. He always said he was better at starting companies than running them, but in the past 25 years he pioneered and created successful growth at Wyoming.Com, Cerento, and Contact Communications, all technology companies in Riverton Wyoming.

Little round white balls held great fascination for Steve. He was competitive in many sports, especially soccer, volleyball, pool, croquet, and golf. He was very proud of being a ‘single digit handicap’ golfer, as well as a tournament level croquet player. In addition to playing the sports well, he also contributed by coaching, being an officer in the organizations, and organizing tournaments.

Steve enjoyed some finer things in life that fed his adventure-seeking side. He owned and piloted a single engine plane, owned a fast boat for water-skiing and camping, and had a lifelong love of fast luxury cars. He was comfortable with being in control and also with taking a risk. Steve was an enthusiastic, outspoken, occasionally outrageous person. He was always a presence. He was one of a kind. He was one of the good guys.

He is survived by his wife of 48 years Sandra; daughter Alexa Nowland (Eric) and four grandchildren (Lilly, Stasia, Sophie, and Oliver), all of Riverton, Wyoming; sisters Kathryn (New York) and Barbara (Florida); and brothers David (Kentucky) and Douglas (New York).

Due to COVID and traveling difficulties, no services will be held at this time. Instead, several smaller celebrations with friends and family in various parts of the country will take place as the year goes on, including a golf gathering next summer in Riverton.

Joyce Harden Johnson

Joyce Harden Johnson: 1930-06-11 – 2020-11-03

Joyce Harden Johnson, age 90, passed away peacefully in Casper on November 3, 2020 surrounded by her three children.

She was born in Eastland, Texas on June 11, 1930 to Chester and Celia Harden. Joyce attended The University of Montana where she pledged Delta Gamma. She met many lifelong friends there and the love of her life, John E. Johnson, whom she married in December 1950. John and Joyce later moved to Casper, WY where he preceded her in death in 1973.

She was also preceded in death by her parents and her two older brothers Joe and Jerry. Joyce is survived by her three children: Carolyn Fox (Tony) of Casper, WY; Richard Johnson (Pam) of Lakewood, CO; and Kristin Exton (Grant) of Colorado Springs, CO. She is also survived by six grandchildren and two great grandchildren: Amanda Shea (Patrick), Britt Johnson, Ashton Johnson, Knox Exton, Jordan Exton, Jacob Exton, Addison Shea, and Quinnlyn Shea. Also surviving her is her sister, Judith Humiston, sister-in-law Barbara Harden, and many nieces and nephews.

Joyce was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, GG, and friend. She was a proud member of P.E.O. Chapter G and Shepherd of the Hills Presbyterian Church. She loved sports (especially tennis), playing bridge, her many social and philanthropic clubs, traveling, Alcova Lake, her friends, and her family.

A burial was held with immediate family on November 9, 2020 where she was laid to rest next to her beloved husband. A funeral will be held sometime in the Spring of 2021 in Casper.

Wilda M. Felten: 1933 – 2020

Wilda Marlene Felten was born in St. Mary’s, Ohio to Marion and Emma Miars. She passed peacefully on November 4, 2020. She married her husband, John E. Felten on September 6, 1952.

She traveled the states and overseas throughout her life with her husband and family. After her husband’s retirement from the military they settled down in Wyoming and Montana where her husband, John preceded her in death in 1995.

She loved decorating for all of the holidays and being with her family.

She was the youngest of 13 children and is survived by one sister. She is also survived by her five children, James (Sue) Felten, John (Kelly) Felten, Janice (Clarence) Davis, Jo Ann (Roy) Parmely, and Nanette (Gus) Holbrook. Wilda had numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers the family suggest donations to the Casper Humane Society or Central Wyoming Hospice in Wilda’s name.