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Obituaries: Midkiff, Gonzalez, Spethman, McMurry, Harmon

Roberta C. “Bobbie” Midkiff

Roberta C. “Bobbie” Midkiff: 1950 – 2020

Roberta C. Midkiff, 70, of Casper, Wyoming passed away Monday, December 21, 2020 at Central Wyoming Hospice. Roberta was born Dec. 8, 1950 to Harold and Patricia Bock in Winnebago, IL.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and her sister, Ruth.

She is survived by her husband, William Midkiff; children, Jennifer (Waylon) Elmore, Jeffrey (Lilly) Elmore, and Larry Elmore, Jr.; step-child, Jennifer (Seth) Midkiff; 10 grandchildren; 6 great grandchildren; siblings, Robert Bock, David Bock, Randy Bock, Ricky Bock, Tom Bock, Harold Bock, Jr., and Alice Weir; as well as numerous other family members.

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Bobbie will always be remembered as being a loving and devoted wife, mother and grandmother.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Rocky Mountain Oncology in Bobbie’s name.


Hermilo Aviles Gonzalez

Hermilo Aviles Gonzalez: 1938 – 2020

Casper-Hermilo Aviles Gonzalez, age 82, passed away on December 14, 2020 at WY Medical Center.  

Hermilo was born in Rio Bravo, Coahuila, Mexico on December 14, 1938 to Rodolfo and Bertha Gonzalez. He married Maria Jimenez on July 20, 1956.  Hermilo moved his family to Casper in 1968.  He worked various jobs during his lifetime and retired from Peabody Powder River Coal Company (North Antelope mine) in 1998. 

Throughout his life he gave generously, taught patiently, and loved his family fiercely.  His ambition, sacrifices, and support allowed each of us to find our way.  No words can adequately convey our respect, gratitude, and affection we have for him.  A simple, selfless, and honorable man of God, he will continue to be our inspiration.  

On December 14th, the blessed day he was born, God gave him wings to set him free from this earth to soar the heavens above.  We know he is scouting baseball teams and finding the best fishing and hunting sites.

Rest in paradise, Pops, you will forever be missed and loved. We will hold you in our hearts until we can hold you again in heaven.

He is survived by his loving wife of 64 years Maria; his children Rose Carbajal  (Jose), Alicia Gonzalez, Maria Rodriguez (Ruben), Hermilo Gonzalez Jr (Gina), Maria Moralez, Israel Gonzalez (Stacy), Sandra Nezat (Craig). His grandchildren:  Juan Hernandez (Janeth), Jared Gonzalez, Lori Hernandez (Eric Goen), Jose Moralez, Ginieva Gonzalez, Alycia Simms (Josh), Victoria Nezat, Danny Nezat (Shelsea), Mark Nezat (Clarisa), Matt Gonzalez, Josh Gonzalez (Jessica), Marcos Moralez, Abby Gustafson (Cole), Yolanda Carbajal, Arianna Nezat, Rachel Moralez, Luis Carbajal, Andrew Nezat; 12 great-grandchildren.  His brothers, Hector Gonzalez, Rodolfo Gonzalez, Victor Gonzalez, his sisters, Socorro Andrade, Estela Mancha, Velia Herrera; and many nephews and nieces.  

A celebration of Life to he held at a later date.


Mary Teresa Spethman

Mary Teresa Spethman passed away December 12 2020, due to complications from ALS.

She was born May 20 1949 in Douglas Wyoming to Kenneth And Rose Marie Pearson. She met her soulmate David Martin Spethman in 1992. They married April 13 1993.

Mary first and foremost loved Jesus, she worked for Big Brothers & Sisters for many of years, and doing books for numerous churches.

She retired from Central Wyoming Counseling Center in 2013. Mary spent her last seven years being a snowbird in Mesa Arizona, and being a full time RvR. Her life was a living example of her favorite Bible verse Micah 6:8. He has shown you, O man, what isgood: and what does the Lord require of you but act justly to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God, and Psalms 23.

Mary is survived by her beloved husband David M Spethman,
her 6 kids, Denise & (Todd) Murphy, Rita & (Steve) Paull, Shonna & (Mike) Mayo, David Spethman II (Susan), Joe & (Tammy) Post, Teresa & (Steve) Mogensen. Her sister Jacque & (Leonard) O’Neal who she loved dearly, 15 grandchildren, 6 great grandchildren, along with numerous family & friends.

She was preceded in death by her mother & father, and several Aunts and uncles. Last but not least her fur baby Boomba.

Celebration of her life will be held in the spring of 2021 in Casper, Wyoming. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the ALS Foundation Arizona Chapter.

Greatly appreciated


Betty McMurry

Betty McMurry: May 25, 1931 ~ December 15, 2020 (age 89)

Elizabeth Ann Marshall McMurry, (Betty), passed away at home Tuesday morning, December15, 2020.Betty was born in Laramie, Wyoming on May 25, 1931, to John T. and Mamie Marshall.

She grew up in Wyoming with three younger brothers-Jimmy, Bobby and Billy-and went on to graduate from St, Martin’s Academy, a Catholic school in Sturgis, South Dakota. After high school, she was granted an emergency teaching certificate due to WWII, and taught for a year at the Beer Mug Ranch near Troublesome Creek, at the foot of the Freeze-Outs, near Difficulty, Wyoming.

Afterwards, while attending the University of Wyoming, she met and married Donald Russell McMurry. He enlisted in the U.S. Army as an officer, and together, they proceeded to enjoy the world. During the next 8 years Betty had 6 kids in different locales—Germany, Turkey, California, and Georgia—and also2 girls born in Cheyenne, Wyoming. Betty was very active in her husband’s career, learning Turkish while stationed there and earning awards from the Officer’s Wives Club.

It was in Florida that Betty started her 2nd career as a drug and alcohol counselor, but she always kept Wyoming close to her heart—eventually working for the Wyoming State Hospital in Evanston, as a psychiatric social worker. After retirement, she moved back to Casper and bought her home in Bar Nunn.

Betty was an accomplished seamstress and made most of her children’s clothes when they were younger. She was also a great cook who once went to the trouble of wrapping and serving her kid’s burgers and fries in paper because, living overseas, they missed McDonald’s.

She especially enjoyed playing bridge with her friends at the senior center, here in Casper. There was not much that Betty couldn’t do. She was the rock of our family, affectionately known as “The Big Mother”—a moniker of respect and humor that she embraced.

Betty was a very caring person and would do whatever she could to help her friends and family. She left the world a better place; she will be deeply missed.

Betty was preceded in death by her former husband, Lt .Col. Donald McMurry, her son John, her daughter Kathy Harrison, her parents, Mamie and John Marshall, and her brothers, Jimmy, Bobby and Billy Marshall.

She is survived by her daughters, Pat,  Lisa, Terri McMurry and Chris McMurry Kardassakis, (Dean), her grandchildren Crystal Chamburs Garcia, (Benjamin), Austin Chamburs, (Amber), and Mark Miragliotta, her great grandchildren, Gabby, Gavin, Cherish and Gauge, Brandalynn, Acelin, Tristan, and Journey, her sons-in-law, Michael Harrison and Dean Kardassakis, nieces, Susan Samuelson, (Doug) and Tierney Loberg and nephews Patric, (Bonnie) and Victor McMurry.  

Private family graveside services will be held at Highland Cemetery. Due to COVID, a memorial service is pending until it is safe to travel and gather. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Brain Alliance in Casper, Wyoming. Messages for the family may be left at Bustards Funeral Home.

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

Van Edmond Harmon

Van Edmond Harmon: November 1, 1946 ~ December 10, 2020 (age 74)

Van was born November 1st, 1946 in Dallas Texas.  He died on December 10, 2020.  Van is survived by his wife Joan Harmon, his 4 children, 3 step children, several grandchildren and great children, along with nieces and nephews as well his brother Scott.  Van grew up in Dallas Texas, shortly after graduation from high school he joined the Air Force in 1964.  Van was stationed in Guam during the Viet Nam war.  After serving his two-year tour in Guam, he returned to the United States where he was stationed at Ellsworth AFB in Rapid City South Dakota.  After finishing his active-Duty commitment, he moved his family to Casper Wyoming.

After moving to Casper, he started working construction for Glen Vineyard construction.  After working for Glen Vineyard for several years he started his own company Van E. Harmon Construction.  Dad continued to work in construction for over 3 decades.  When finished with construction, he then opened The Tile Center that he ran for 24 years with his wife Joan Harmon till the day he retired in 2018.

Van was an avid golfer, he loved to hunt not for trophies but to put food on his family’s table.  He would always say that you can’t eat the horns.  When he would go hunting, he was almost guaranteed to get a kill as he was a sharp shooter and rarely missed. One of Van’s greatest loves was playing golf.  He would play golf daily if he was able to.  Van played in several golf tournaments, either as a single or with his son. Van also loved to travel. Van and Jo would go on much deserved vacations at least every 90 days. They traveled the world together and their last vacation was in September, 2020 where they went to the Smokey Mountains of Tennessee.

Van loved his children and his grandchildren, even though he was not able to see them as much as he wanted, he never was for a loss of love for them.

Van will be remembered for his sense of humor and his ability to tell stories.  Though his stories were repeated more than many would like to hear, they were still the life of the party and enjoyed by whomever was lucky enough to hear them.

We all love you, and you will be missed very much.  There will not be a day that goes by that you will not be thought of.  This world is a lonelier place without him in it.  Miss you very much and love you very much.

Arrangements are under the care of Bustard & Jacoby Funeral Home, 600 CY Avenue, Casper, WY 82601.