Obituaries: DeFriece, Trionfo, DeVault, Freeman, Boyer - Casper, WY Oil City News
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Obituaries: DeFriece, Trionfo, DeVault, Freeman, Boyer

Brian “Dad” DeFriece

CASPER, Wyo. –

Brian “Dad” DeFriece: 1966 – 2020

Brian “Dad” DeFriece passed in Casper, Wyoming on Sunday, November 22, 2020. Brian was born in Frederick, Maryland on June 3rd, 1966 to two loving parents, Barabara and Clifford DeFriece.

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He lived a ‘kick ass life’ of 54 years doing the things he loved, while working to provide for his family. If Brian was not working, he was cleaning his guns and sharpening his knives for another day out hunting, fishing and camping with his kids.

He also enjoyed watching Jon Wayne, his hero, in westerns and listening to music with his family. He was known for giving everyone he met a hard time.

From an early age, Brian learned to drive truck and spent the rest of his life driving trucks across the country. He proved his dependability and heart by never turning down a hard day’s work.

Brian is survived by his mother Barbara, sister Leanna, wife Amy Jo and four kids: Bethany, Ryan, Kayleen and Paige. He is the ‘Pops’ of five grandkids: Teryn, Bensen Mason, Raven and Meadow.

In lieu of flowers, donations to the Jason’s Friends Fountain in memory of Teryn Lee LaPointe are cherished.

Services will be held on Wednesday, December 2nd at 10 am at Newcomer Funeral, friends and family are welcome.

“I’ve been everywhere man”- Johnny Cash

Salvatore Patrick “Pat” Trionfo

Salvatore Patrick “Pat” Trionfo: 1946 – 2020

Salvatore Patrick “Pat” Trionfo, 74, of Casper, passed away Friday, November 27, 2020.

He was born February 23, 1946, in Dunmore, Pennsylvania, the son of Pasquale and Frances (Durienzo) Trionfo.

Pat married Leona Mae Trionfo in 1974. She preceded him in death on December 20, 2017. Survivors include a two daughters, Patricia “Trisha” Moore and Katherine Ruiz, both of Casper; eight grandchildren, Mayra Trionfo, Alyssa Gallinger, Elena Antonio, Aleira Arevalo, Tiernan “Ty” Moore, Karina Ruiz, Carolina Ruiz and Anahi Ruiz; three great-grandchildren, Mateo, Sophia and Rayna; numerous nieces and nephews; and a few furry friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Carmen Trionfo; and his canine companion, Shilo.

Pat loved spending time with family and was a great provider for them. He enjoyed making people laugh, telling jokes and stories, going “Junkin” and enjoyed spending time and drinking coffee with his best friend, Gary Brown.

A private family gathering will be held at Newcomer Cremations, Funerals & Receptions, Casper, WY.

Louise DeVault

Louise DeVault: 1940 – 2020

Louise DeVault passed away November 24, 2020 surrounded by family. She was born March 22, 1940 to Miller and Margaret Brown in Albany, MO. She was the 3rd of 4 children. Louise grew up on her family farm, until moving to Cheyenne in Jr. High. While a sophomore, she met the love of her life, James “Skip” DeVault.

She graduated in June of 1958 and she and Skip married August 16, 1958. She worked various jobs until her first born came in December of 1959. She then devoted her life to being a wife and mother. She had 4 children, Brian, Scott, Tyran and Beth.

In 1984 she returned to school to pursue a degree in elementary education. She worked many years as a teacher at Paradise Valley Christian School and the eventually retired from North Casper Elementary.

Louise was a strong woman of faith who shared that with all around her. She was active in her church serving as Sunday School Teacher, creating and running the church library. She was very active with her weekly bible study and loved the group and ladies dearly. Her faith went beyond the walls of the church as Louise was continually opening her home to those in need.

Louise was preceded in death by her infant son, Scott; husband, Skip; brother, John; and sister, Barbara. Louise is survived by her children, Brian (Normie) DeVault of Casper, Tyran (Stephanie) DeVault of Oregon and Beth (Jim) Holscher of Casper; 8 grandchildren; and 3 great grandchildren.

A funeral service will be 10:00 AM, Thurs., Dec. 3, 2020 at the Paradise Valley Christian Church. Interment will follow at Highland Cemetery. To view the streamed service online please visit the Paradise Valley Christian Church You Tube page or follow the link at

Jean C. Freeman

Jean C. Freeman: 1928 – 2020

Jean C. Freeman passed away at home from congestive heart failure and dementia with her daughters and granddaughters by her side on November 19, 2020.

Jean Dagmar Christensen was born to Chris and Ann Christensen, on June 15, 1928 at the family ranch on the Cheyenne River, near Roxon, WY. Two brothers, Fred and Russ, joined her and all three loved growing up on the ranch. She rode her horse to school from age five in first to seventh grade. She skipped eighth grade so she could join Fred at Newcastle High School and stay together in a boarding house, only going home to the ranch on weekends. Jean excelled and graduated at the age of sixteen, and she was awarded a scholarship to Colorado Women’s College in Denver, CO, where she studied for 2 years. She graduated with a Bachelor’s of Arts at the University of WY at the age of nineteen.

Jean’s first teaching job was in Hanna, WY, and it was there that she met her future husband, Robert Freeman. They were married on October 14, 1950, and two weeks later, the US Army sent Bob to the Korea Conflict. Jean returned to the ranch to teach at the Seven Mile School while she waited for Bob. Upon his return, Bob spent the next year driving the country school bus while Jean taught. In 1953, Linda was born and the family moved to Pocatello, ID, so Bob could go to trade school to become a diesel mechanic. Bob worked in ID as a diesel mechanic, and then they moved to Casper where LuAnn was born in 1956. Jean stayed at home with the girls until she returned to teaching in 1963 and taught for twenty-four years at Pineview Elementary School. She taught for a total of twenty-nine years altogether.

Jean and Bob enjoyed traveling to many faraway places including Hawaii, Europe, and Alaska, but some of the fondest family trips took place closer to home, fishing in the Big Horns, at Cow Creek and Pathfinder Dam; hunting sage chickens around Hanna; and hunting deer and antelope at the Christensen ranch. Their greatest joy was spending time with those they loved, especially their two granddaughters, Lindsey and Andi.

In 2012, the Casper Journal published an article about Jean and her lifelong passion for learning, highlighting her love of pottery and quilting. She attended pottery classes at Casper College for over forty years until she was 91. She created and shared countless pieces of pottery and numerous quilts. Jean loved to pass on her knowledge and fulfilled her career as an educator in many ways. She possessed many other talents, from being a fantastic cook to an expert shot with a rifle.

She is survived by Linda (Chuck) Becker and LuAnn Miller of Casper; granddaughters, Lindsey (Jeff) Eidsness and Andi Miller of Casper; great-grandsons, Hudson and Sawyer Eidsness and a great granddaughter who will be born in March; brother, Chris Russell Christensen of Newcastle, WY; sister-in-law, Shirley Freeman of Ft. Collins, CO; and multiple nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her husband, Bob in 2003, parents, Chris and Ann Christensen; brother, Fred and his wife Jess; sister-in-law, Ruth Christensen; and nephews, Steve, Mark and Mike Christensen.

Due to the Covid-19 virus at this time, a celebration of Jean’s life will take place in the summer of 2021. Details will be shared closer to the date.

Thank you to the kind nurses from the Central Wyoming Hospice and Transitions for your assistance with our mother. Memorials in Jean’s honor may be made to Central Wyoming Hospice and Transitions, to Meals on Wheels, or to a future scholarship fund to be set up for the Casper College Ceramics Department.

Jean will be missed by many, but her family is grateful her life was so full of learning, friends, family, and love.

Linda L. Boyer

Linda L. Boyer: September 20, 1950 ~ November 21, 2020 (age 70)

Linda Loanne Poling Boyer was born in West Virginia on 09/20/1950, to Katherine Poling Desseker.  She spent most of her formative years in Ohio.
In June of 1971, Linda married the love of her life, Stacy James ‘Jim’ Boyer.  They settled in Jim’s hometown of Casper, WY, where they raised their 2 sons, Stacy and Sean.
After Linda attended Casper College, she gained employment with Black Hills Trucking, where she worked for 22 years, retiring in 2019.
Linda’s Earthly journey came to an end on 11/21/2020.  She always loved angels, now she has joined them to watch over her loved ones, until they meet again.
Linda was preceded in death by her Dad, Dean Dessecker.  She is survived by her husband, Jim, her Mother, Kathy, her sons: Stacy A. Boyer (Amy Wickstrom), and Sean (Vicki) Boyer, of Casper, as well as 5 grandchildren.

Linda’s ashes will be interred at the Oregon Trail Veterans Cemetery in Evansville, Wyoming.  Her family will have a service at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, the family is asking that donations of thanks be sent to the hard-working nursing staff of the Wyoming Medical Center, 5th Floor, for their caring efforts through this stressful pandemic, that afflicted Linda.

Arrangements are entrusted to Bustard & Jacoby Funeral Home, 600 CY Ave. Casper, WY 82601.