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Obituaries: Fringer, Sohi, Dickerson, Reed, Strube

Terri Lynette Elizabeth Fringer

CASPER, Wyo. –

Terri Lynette Elizabeth Fringer: 1960 – 2020

Terri Lynette Elizabeth Fringer, 60, passed away on December 13, 2020 from COVID-19 in Casper at the Wyoming Medical Center. She was born in Baker, Montana on August 17, 1960, the daughter of Jim and Alice Anderson.

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Terri graduated from Baker High School, Baker, Montana in 1978 and attended Eastern Montana College and Northern Colorado University. She achieved her dream of being an Interior Decorator and was actively involved in her own business, in Casper. While growing up and several years after college, she worked with her parents at the Fallon County Times in Baker.

Her son Vincent Jay Tuggle was born in 1984. She and her son moved to South Dakota in 1987 where she managed the Tri-State Livestock News for her parents. When that newspaper was sold she went to work at the Jon Crane Art Gallery, in Hill City, SD, as manager. She moved to Casper in 2009 where she was outside salesperson for Alsco. In 2013 she went full time into Interior Decorating and started her own business, Terri’s Interior Solutions.

She met and then married Robert James Fringer on May 19,2012 in Casper where they have a beautiful home and at Christmas she would have the entire house decorated inside and outside. The amazing décor showed her talent as a designer and artist. Robert and Terri loved the outdoors 4-wheeling in the Shirley Mountains outside of Casper and the Black Hills. They also loved motorcycling and came to the Sturgis Rally for many years. They loved to hunt and filled the freezer each year with elk.

Robert has two adult children Heather (boyfriend Wes), JR (James Robert who loved her very much. Terri has two grandchildren Dawson Kleppe (Vince) and Tyler Fringer (Heather).

Terri is survived by her husband, Robert, Casper; her parents Jim and Alice Anderson Rapid City, SD; brother Ward Anderson (wife Alice) Torrington, WY, and their three children Katherine, William, Virginia; two step children JR Fringer and Heather Fringer; two grandchildren Tyler Fringer (Heather) and Dawson Kleppe (Vince). Several uncles, aunts and cousins and a plethora of friends.

She was cremated in Casper. There will be no funeral or services but two celebrations of her life are being planned. The first will be at her and Robert’s home with friends and family, the other will be in the summer in the Black Hills.

Debrah J. “Joy” Sohi

Debrah J. “Joy” Sohi: 1966 – 2020

On Tuesday, December 8th 2020, Debrah Joy Sohi, loving daughter, mother, and grandmother, passed away at the age of 54 after a courageous fight against pancreatic cancer.

Joy was born on May 24th, 1966 in Chicaco, IL to Scott and Joy (Paluck) Hogan. She is survived by her daughters Heideh and Haleh, and her mother Joy. Joy was known in her community for working at the Casper Humane Society, but more so, was known for how compassionate she was toward all of the animals, earning her a place as their own personal dog whisperer. She knew all of the animals and cared deeply for each of them, including her rat Agnes (who continues to live there, sometimes in front of the cat window).

Joy overcame a lot in her life. She was a fighter to the very end and refused to ever give up. This was reflected in her work with animals as she strove for every one to have the best life possible, no matter their baggage, and made sure that they all found their place. Her work was more than just a job; it gave her confidence and sparked a passion to love each of them as if they already had a home with her.

Per her last request, her ashes will be scattered across Mount Rainier in the springtime by her daughter Heideh, and dog, Precious. A virtual celebration of life will be scheduled and announced soon.

Dean James Dickerson

Dean James Dickerson: December 14, 1963 ~ December 16, 2020 (age 57)

Dean James Dickerson, 57, of Casper, Wyoming passed away in his home on December 16, 2020. Dean was born in Sioux Falls, SD to Joyce Kunz and Lyle Dickerson.

He graduated from Washington High School (Sioux Falls, SD) in 1982. He joined the Army in 1983 as a 91B Wheeled Vehicle Mechanic and left with an Honorable discharge in 1995. His twelve-year career included tours in Germany and Oklahoma. He was deployed in Desert Storm. After his military career he worked as a mechanic and a welder. He really liked to have a good time with his friends and family. He had many nicknames; Dancing Dean, Deano, Mean Dean, just to name a few. He loved fishing, gardening, spending time with family and friends, going to his favorite watering hole, playing cards and camping. He was Patriotic and would do volunteer work for the VFW serving and fixing meals for other veterans.

He is survived by his significant other Karen Singer, Mom, Joyce Kunz, Pipestone, MN, siblings, Alan (Donna) Dickerson, Casper, WY, Cindy Dickerson, Baltic, SD, Cristy (Mike) Appel, Pipestone, MN, Troy (Joyce) Kunz, Anacortes, WA, Scott Dickerson, Coarsegold, CA, Trina (Jim) Kropenske, Mitchell, SD, Trina (Tom) Dickerson-Kirkvold, Des Moines, IA and numerous nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his brother, Kelly Dickerson and sister, Melissa Hammer, his dad Lyle Dickerson and step dad William Kunz Jr.

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

Barry E. Reed

Barry E. Reed: June 6, 1956 ~ December 16, 2020 (age 64)

Barry E. Reed, 63, was born in Casper, WY on June 6, 1956 and passed peacefully at home on December 16, 2020.  He was beloved son, brother, uncle, friend and cowboy. He graduated from Natrona County High School in 1974 and moved on to graduating Casper College and the University of Wyoming with an Honored bachelor’s degree in social work. Although he never perused a career in this, he would talk with anyone and give the best advice big or small touching many lives of others.

Barry grew up in Casper and was involved in many clubs throughout the years. He was a boy scout, FFA member, Phi Kappa Phi, Golden Key of America Society, Church of the Holy Family, member of outstanding Young Men in America club, VSA arts and much more. He always loved helping others and was a regular for the Boys Town Funding Society.

Growing up in Wyoming he enjoyed being outside, hunting, fishing, piloting a small aircraft, and rodeos. He rode broncs and bulls up until his accident in 1984 which led him to be a quadriplegic the remainder of his life. After the accident life for him did not stop, he still pushed the limits and accomplished more than anyone thought. Most memorable times where flying remote-control airplanes, painting Wyoming scenery, and mastering the computer all by using a mouthpiece. He had a special bow made and went hunting in his chair accomplishing a couple nice deer. If there was something he couldn’t do, he would find a way to make it happen.

Over the years he had enjoyed sitting by the river at his home and watching his family grow. He loved the plants and flowers in the spring, watching the rafters go by in the summer, the fall with all changing colors and the deep orange and purple sunsets in the winter. He looked forward to watching Wyoming and Colorado baseball, basketball and football which were always on. Recently one of his dreams came true and he was met by the whole Denver Bronco cheer team.

One of the biggest smiles anyone could see would be on his face no matter what life brought to him. He has touched many people and left most speechless with his life accomplishments. Anyone who knew him knew he was a kind and loving soul that words cannot describe.

Barry was preceded in death by his father William (Bill) R. Reed Sr, both paternal and maternal grandparents, an aunt and three uncles.

He is survived by his mother and caregiver for the last 36 years Cleo (Jane) Reed, brothers, William (Bill) R. Reed Jr. and wife Alexis of Anthem, AZ, Kenneth (Rod) Reed of Casper, WY, nieces Mandy, Katie, Emily and 9 great-nieces and nephews who looked up to him and adored him unconditionally. He is also survived by two aunts and numerous cousins.

His last quote was “Thy will be done”. He is now walking with God and his father doing everything he loved watching down on us as an angel. Ride on cowboy we all love you!

Funeral services at this time are to be set at a later date at the Church of the Holy Family followed by a graveside prayer. The family ask at this time it be private with the concern of COVID. A memorial will be scheduled at a later date. Donations or Flowers can be sent to the Church of the Holy family per his wishes.

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

Beecher (Ed) Strube

Beecher (Ed) Strube: July 13, 1933 ~ December 16, 2020 (age 87)

Beecher “Ed” Strube was born in Hat Creek, Wyoming on July 13, 1933 to Beecher J. Strube and Helen (Cook) Strube.  He weighed just over 3 pounds, and his mother carried him in a shoebox.  The tiny three-pounder grew to be quite an athlete and went on to set records in high school athletics in Lusk.  He played football at the University of Wyoming, and was particularly proud of winning the Ugly Man on Campus Award in 1952.  Ed died of natural causes on December 16, 2020.

In 1963, Ed married Donna Golden.  They had three children and later divorced, but remained friends. Ed was a well-known teacher, coach, referee, active community leader, and a big brother.  He was a friend, confidant, father, and grandfather.  

Ed received a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education and a Master of Science in Botany and Zoology from the University of Wyoming.  Ed, also known as just “Strube” or “Coach,” began his teaching career in 1957 at Dean Morgan Junior High. He taught at Kelly Walsh High School from 1968–1992.  Strube, along with his famous sidekick Dana Van Burgh, developed a Summer Field Science Course in 1963 using the great outdoors as the classroom.  In 1973, Terry Logue joined them.  In 1983, the trio received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science Teaching, presented by the National Science Teaching Association.  Though Strube retired from the classroom in 1992, he couldn’t retire from the outdoors or the yellow school bus.  In June of 2013, the famous trio celebrated the 50th Reunion of Summer Field Science.

Ed received the Kathleen Hemry Award for outstanding teaching and community work in 1979, and was presented the Outstanding District Biology Teacher Award in 1982.  In 1989, he received the State of Wyoming Biology Teacher of the Year Award.

Strube coached the Kelly Walsh High School golf team for several years.  He received the Golf Coach of the Year Award for the Eastern Conference in 1987.  Strube was head football coach at Kelly Walsh from 1968 to 1970.  Within these few years, he was privileged to be the first head coach to beat cross-town rival NC in the Oil Bowl (1969).  During this time, he established the Beecher Strube Award to honor a high school senior athlete who demonstrated leadership, positive attitude, dedication, and citizenship, both on and off the gridiron.  The award still recognizes the effort and spirit of those football players who otherwise might go unnoticed.  Ed was thrilled, when in 2016, his grandson Joel Strube received the Beecher Strube Award for his contributions on the Kelly Walsh football team.

In 1990, Ed was inducted into the Wyoming Officials Hall of Fame, and in 1991 into the Wyoming Coaches Association Hall of Fame.  Throughout his career at Kelly Walsh, hundreds of students respected, confided in, and counted on Mr. Strube.  He had a strong shoulder for support, an ear for listening, a huge heart, and enough optimism to help anyone through challenging times.

Ed served others for most of his life.  While in the Army, he received a Korean Service Medal, a United Nations Service Medal, and a National Defense Service Medal.  While in Korea for Christmas, Ed asked for and received many generous donations from the Lusk and Lance Creek communities.  He played Santa Claus and distributed gifts to the Korean children. 

In 1996, he received the JC Penney Award for Volunteerism.  Also in that year, he was elected to the Natrona County Conservation Board, and was the Honorary Parade Marshal for the Casper Christmas Parade.

Ed had the vision for the Lee McCune Braille Trail, which opened in 1975 on Casper Mountain, after visiting a Braille Trail in Colorado.  Ed encouraged the Casper Mountain Lions Club to adopt the Braille Trail as its main ongoing community project.  For over 40 years, Lions Club members, field science students, and countless others worked on the Braille Trail.  In 1986, Dana Van Burgh worked with county officials to have the road to the Braille Trail named “Strube Loop.”  In 1997, Ed was honored with the Knights of the Blind Award presented by the Lions of Wyoming Foundation for outstanding work with the Braille Trail.  Ed was humbled and honored to have such recognition again in 2017 when he was inducted into the Wyoming Lions Club Hall of Fame.

Ed played many roles—a hunter, a fisherman, a card player (cribbage and poker his favorites), a cowboy/rancher at heart (with no land), and a great dancer (according to Jo).  With an overwhelming number of extended family and true friends, “He never met a stranger” couldn’t be more appropriate.  His door was always open for visitors.  One of Ed’s favorite roles was being a proud Grandpa.  He loved to attend activities in which his grandchildren were involved, and despite his busy schedule he did his best to be at their various events.  Ed also enjoyed traveling with his long-time companion Jo Pierce.  They made many fond memories taking trips in the U.S. and abroad.  One of their favorite trips was to Australia and New Zealand with Ed’s sister Barb and her husband Bob.

Ed was preceded in death by his father Beecher J. Strube, his mother Helen (Cook) Strube, his brother Martin Strube, and Mary Lou, a sister who died in infancy.  He is survived by his sister Barbara (Bob) Yonts, his long-time companion Jo Pierce, his daughters Debbie (Guy) Ehlers, and Devon Strube, and his son Beecher Jay (Cathy) Strube, as well as his grandchildren, Abigail, Beecher, Joel, and Sarah Strube.

The family will hold a graveside service in Lusk, Wyoming.  A Celebration of Life will be held in the summer of 2021. In lieu of flowers, Memorials can be made to the Casper Mountain Lions Club for the Lee McCune Braille Trail (PO Box 2305, Casper, WY 82602), or the Wyoming Foundation for Cancer Care, (441 Landmark Drive, Suite 330, Casper, WY 82609).

Bustard and Jacoby Funeral Home, 600 CY Avenue, Casper, WY 82601 is in charge of arrangements.