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Obituaries: Amen, Burgess, Wallace

Jack E. Amen

Jack E. Amen: 1942 – 2020

Jack was born August 12, 1942 in Culver City, California to Jake and Helen Amen. The family moved back to northeastern Colorado in 1945. They farmed near Merino and Iliff before finally settling near Sterling, Colorado. Jack graduated from Sterling High School and then attended Northeastern Junior College to play basketball. He then married Karen Bollig on August 31, 1962 and they moved to Nebraska for him to continue his education at Chadron State College. After graduating in 1964, Jack began working for State Farm Insurance and the family moved to Greeley, Colorado. In July of 1967 they moved to Casper. In 1992 Jack began working at Greiner Ford. He retired from being a sales consultant in 2009.

He was a member of Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church and a Lifetime Elks member. He loved to hunt, fish, ski, boat at the lake, and watch his kids and grandkids play sports and dance. He could always be found on the sidelines cheering and critiquing very loudly. He loved to watch any kind of sport on television, and especially loved to cheer for Wyoming Cowboys and Denver Broncos.

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He is survived by Karen and four children: Rick (Kim), Kelly Umbach (Stacey), Randy (Coty) and Kacey Porter (Levi) as well as seven grandchildren: Corey, Heather Salter (Jacob), Hayden Umbach, and Kinley, Kamden, Kylen, and Kallan Porter and one great grandson Mason Amen, several step grandchildren and step great grand children. He is also survived by one sister, Dona Holmes (Jim), and numerous nieces and nephews.

Family was very important to Jack. He was a faithful husband for 57 years. He was a great example for his family and it is evident in the way they live their lives today.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Helen, his father, Jake, brother, Richard, and grandson, Shawn.

There will be a private family rosary on Thursday, November 19th at 7:00 pm. We invite you to join us in prayer from the safety of your own home at this time.

A private family funeral will be held at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church on Friday, November 20 at 10:30 am. A recording of the service will be on the Newcomer website.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Jack’s name may be made to Ronald McDonald House, online at or to Ronald McDonald House Charities, 1300 E. 21st Avenue, Denver Colorado, 80205.

Mildred J. Burgess

Mildred J. Burgess: October 6, 1919 ~ November 15, 2020 (age 101)

Casper – Long time Casper resident, Mildred Burgess, died peacefully Sunday November 15, 2020 at Shepherd of the Valley Nursing Home at the age of 101. Originally from Houston, Missouri she was born October 6, 1919.  At age 16 (1935) she arrived in Wyoming. She worked with her father, mother, and brother at The Stone Ranch west of Casper. 

During WWII Mildred become manager of the downtown Walgreen’s soda fountain.  She met the love of her life, Frank Burgess at that soda shop after he returned from his duty in the army during WWII.  They were married March 1949.

They shared a common interest in the restaurant business.  Mildred worked at the Brig’s Drive Inn.  Hotel restaurants at The Townsend, Gladstone, and Henning.  Working at the Holiday Inn, she had the privilege to serve actors John Wayne and Lee Marvin during the filming of Hell Fighters.  

Frank and Millie owned The Snow-White Drive Inn, Frank’s Pie Shop, and Lynn Lee’s Steak House.  She retired from the Natrona County School District and had worked at CY JR High in the cafeteria.

Mildred enjoyed gardening, camping, and fishing.  Most important to her has always been her family. She was married to Frank for 40 years before his passing in 1989.  She raised two sons, F. Lynn Burgess and Lee (Terry) Burgess all of Casper and is survived by them as well as grandchildren Todd, Trent, Kevin, Andrew, Robbie, and Amber, and numerous great grandchildren.

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

Services will be held at the Oregon Trail Veteran’s Cemetery in Evansville on Friday November 20th at 1:00 pm.  Bustard & Jacoby Funeral Home are in charge of arrangements. 

If you would like, donate to your favorite charity or memorials to Meals on Wheels 1760 E 12th St., Casper, WY  82601 or Casper Area Transportation Coalition (CATC) 1715 E 4th St., Casper, WY  82601

Chester Lyman Wallace

Chester Lyman Wallace: 1959 ~ 2020 (age 61)

Chester Lyman Wallace, 61 of Casper, WY went home to the Lord on Saturday, November 14, 2020. He passed away peacefully after a short battle with lung disease.

Chester was born February 11, 1959 to Jeannine and Jerry McNutt in Salt Lake City, Utah.

An avid history buff and fascinated by how things worked, Chester spent much of his time learning new things.  He never met a stranger and loved to talk to anyone who would listen. He loved to spend time with his family and other loved ones, sharing his smile and kindness. Even if he was upset or angry, he would always let you know how much he loved you.

Chester was also a thrill seeker who loved roller coasters, skydiving, and riding his motorcycle. He made it a point to get you to sing with him, especially to Garth Brooks songs, and never missed an opportunity to laugh.

He was employed at FTC Transport (TrueNorth Steel) for 29 years.

He loved all his animals that came into his life and is survived by his best friend, Chumlee.

Chester was a devoted husband to his wife of nearly 40 years, Diana Wallace. During that time, they raised three children, Jennifer Wallace (Madden), Chester Lyman Wallace Jr. and Jayme Rae Wallace (Ackerman). His children brought into his life three additional sons, Christopher Madden, Christopher Ackerman, and Greg Burton.  He was also blessed to have gained a grandson, Hunter Madden.

Chester is survived by his oldest daughter Desiree Wallace and his grandson Jeremiah Wallace. He is also survived by his sister and brother-in-law, Walline and Ronnie Turman, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Chester was preceded in death by his mother, Jeannine McNutt, fathers, Jerry McNutt and Howard Wallace, his sister, Kathleen Wallace, and his nephews Richard Turman and Steven Turman.

There are not enough words to summarize the life that he lived, but he lived it to the fullest.

Everyone was family.

A small service in honor of Chester’s life will be held at the Fort Ministry Church on Friday, November 20, 2020 at 11:00 AM.

Bustard & Jacoby Funeral Home are in charge of arrangements.