CASPER, Wyo. –
Richard Dean Childers: 1934 – 2020
Richard D. Childers, Sr., 86, was born in Bartlett, NE to Russell and Geraldine (Rosso) Childers. Died on November 18, 2020 at Wyoming Medical Center. A funeral will be held 1:00 PM, Monday, November 23, 2020 at Newcomer Casper Chapel. He grew up on a farm in Eastern Nebraska. Graduated from Genoa, NE High School, class of 1951. He was drafted into the Army in March of 1955 until 1957. He also served in the Wyoming National Guard for 3 years. He married Julia Lee Anderson on June 20, 1959.
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Rich worked for the Board of Public Utilities, Texaco Refinery, and the Naval Petroleum Reserve.
He is survived by his wife of 61 years and sons, Richard, Jr. and Arthur. Also survived by a sister, Geralyn Beverly of Edmond, OK and brothers, Bob of Denver, CO, John (Evelyn) of Aurora, CO, and David (Eilene) of Missoula, MT; three aunts, Maxine Thom of Albin, NE, Helen Alderson of Tempe, AZ, and Marguarette Rosso of Gehering, NE; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Preceded in death by his parents and sisters, LeAnn Childers and Karen Goetzinger and his brother, Paul Childers.
Rich was a proud father and enjoyed growing delicious tomatoes, fishing, hunting, bowling and golf. He also enjoyed having tea with friends at McDonalds and breakfast at Johnny J’s with the Texaco and NPRD retirees.
Donna J. Kerr: 1925 – 2020
Donna J. Kerr passed away at Central Wyoming Hospice on November 14th, 2020.
Donna was preceded in death by both parents and her loving husband Harry. Donna was born and
raised in Hanna, Wyoming in 1925 to Isabel and Henry Jones. She was an only child. She married the love of her life, Harry Kerr, on August 10th, 1946. Shortly after her husband’s return from the Pacific Theatre they lived in Hanna until moving to Midwest in 1954 where her husband worked for Standard Oil. In 1959 they moved to Casper where her husband went to work for Pacific Power and Light. (Rocky Mountain Power). Donna was a homemaker while raising their two children Susan and Mark. In 1974 she went to work for the Natrona County Treasurer’s office retiring in 1989. Retiring together, they traveled throughout the United States in their RV until finding their winter home in Yuma, Arizona. They were snowbirds until Harry’s passing in 2000. They were together for 54 years. Donna and Harry were devout Episcopalians their entire lives, attending St. Marks, St. Stephens, and St. Paul’s Episcopal churches. They were actively involved in all three churches. Donna continued to snowbird from Casper to Yuma until 2012 at the age of 87.
Donna was a lover of life. Spending time sewing, knitting, and crocheting were passions of hers. She was a member of the Red Hat Society which she really enjoyed. She also enjoyed traveling, camping boating, fishing, dancing, bowling, playing golf and cards. Her most favorite thing to do was spending time with her family and friends.
Donna leaves behind her daughter, Susan Schilling (Joe) of Casper, her son, Mark (Lupe) of Casper, two grandsons, Ryan Schilling (Ashley) of Casper, Nicholas Schilling of Casper and a granddaughter, Brenna Kerr of Sheridan, Wyoming.
Donna lived independently until the age of 92 when she moved to Mountain Plaza Assisted Living, residing there until her passing.
A family get together will be planned for a later date.
Donations can be made in Donna’s name to Meals on Wheels or Central Wyoming Hospice.To leave a special message for the family, please select the share memories button above.
George Victor Trojan: 1927 – 2020
George Trojan, a remarkable man. Born in Poland in the late 1920s, George lived through the German/Nazi invasion of his hometown in Lwow, Poland. When in his early teens he survived the Russian invasion only to be caught up in the next German/Nazi takeover of that territory. It was America’s good fortune that after he was conscripted into forced labor by the Germans, George managed to escape with a friend and they were rescued by the US troops in Germany. One of the US Army NCOs sponsored George to come to the US post war. Upon arriving in the US he stayed with his sponsor’s family in Pittsburgh, PA, however, not liking the area, he decided to join the Army and while serving, attended night school and graduated from Georgetown University in Washington, DC. During that time, he met his wife, Genie, and they recently celebrated 58 years together.
At age 91 he penned a well received memoire entitled “Too Young for the Times” which was an account of his and his family’s struggles with the invasive dictatorship Nazi regime during WWII.
After serving in the regular Army as a Green Beret for several years, he stayed in the Army Reserves (Green Berets) and retired after 22 years. George went to work for Ingersoll-Rand Construction & Mining Group in the Washington DC area and because of his international perspective, was sent to Saudi Arabia; following that tour, spent time in New Jersey then finally was sent to his “true home,” Casper, WY. George was a longtime member of the Casper Country Club and enjoyed the companionship of many. In the last year of his life, he was a “star” on the seniors’ water volleyball team at Lifetime Health & Fitness and bowled with his golf friends on the days of wind and snow on the golf course.
George leaves a loving family including his wife Genie, daughter Amy of Albuquerque, NM, son Allan of North Carolina and stepson Glenn Whitt of Big Water Utah. He also leaves his wonderful neighbors and other friends from Casper, Poland and around the world. He loved the United States of America; although born in Poland he was proud to say “I am an American of Polish descent.”
George passed away from complications of Covid-19 on November 17 and would want everyone to take this disease seriously: wear a mask, wash your hands and please, practice responsible social distancing.
A memorial service will be held at the Oregon Trail Veterans Cemetery on Monday, November 30 at 10am.