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Obituaries: Shanafelt, Wilson, Johnston, Putman

Dale Allen Shanafelt

CASPER, Wyo. –

Dale Allen Shanafelt: 1942 – 2020

Dale Allen Shanafelt passed away from complications from COVID on Decenber 31, 2020.

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He was born on October 2,1942 in McLeansboro, Illinois to Wilson M. and Mildred C.(Allen) Shanafelt.  They moved to Casper when he was a young boy  He married Mildred Satter. They had a son and daughter and later divorced. He then married Shirley Carlsen. They had one son and later divorced.

He held various position over the years, including working at the Henning and Townsend hotels as a teenager. He later became a truck driver. His most successful venture was starting a pipe service company along with his wife Shirley in Williston, North Dakota.

Before retiring, he drove a local Taxi. His favorite pastimes in his younger years were hotrods, motorcycles and bowling.

In his later years, you could often find him at the Casino or visiting with friends at Ghost Town Truck Stop or Casper’s Good Cooking. He usually had a joke or 2 to share also.

He became a resident of Life Care Center in 2017 and enjoyed greeting people at the front door and giving the staff a hard time, which was a sign he liked them.  

He is survived by his children, Jenny (Steve) Becker, Wade (Randi) Shanafelt both of Casper, WY and Phillip (Machelle) Shanafelt of Williston , ND.,  14 grandchildren,  11 great grandchildren and  and many nieces and nephews. He is also survived by  2 sisters , Dixie (Joe) Carson and Mary (Paul) Petersen and 1 brother Gene (Beverlee) Shanafelt, all of Casper, Wy and 2 Half sisters, Shanda and Tammy both of Farmington NM.

He was preceded in death by both his parents, Step father Hal Snyder, Sister CoAnne Nix and brother Kenneth Shanafelt.

In lieu of flowers the family is requesting memorial donations to Life Care Center of Casper. Due to the current COVID pandemic the family is planning a celebration of life at a later date.


Baby Draco Christopher Wilson: December 29, 2020 ~ December 29, 2020

Baby Draco Christopher Wilson was born sleeping on December 29, 2020 in Casper, Wyoming at Wyoming Medical Center.

He was loved by many including his two older brothers, Orion and Leo.

Baby Draco is survived by mother, Elin Wilson, father, Chris Wilson, his 2  brothers, maternal grandparents, Joan and Ziad Deeb, and paternal grandparents, LauraLee and Jeff Wilson, and aunts, Christina, Stephanie, and Elizabeth.

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


Stella I. Johnston: November 1, 1924 ~ December 30, 2020 (age 96)

Stella Irene Johnston passed away on December 30, 2020 at Life Care Center.  She was 96 years old. 

There was graveside services at Highland Park Cemetery on Monday, January 4, 2021 at 2:00 P.M. 

She was a longtime member of First United Methodist Church.  Stella was born in Oelrichs, South Dakota. 

She grew up on a ranch in South Dakota.  She married Don Johnston in 1946.  Shortly after they married they homesteaded in Alaska where they stayed until they moved to Casper in 1953. 

She had two sons, Don Jr. and Steve.  They operated a small grocery store, had rental apartments and ranched west of Casper.  She was a hard worker. 

She enjoyed painting and photography.  She was a member of the Izaak Walton League as well as other organizations.  She was loved and will be missed.

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


Lloyd Bruce Putman — Feb 7th 1926 to Jan 1st 2021

Born in Norphlet Arkansas to Alta (Collins) Baggett and Franklin Baggett. In 1932 he was adopted by his mother’s second husband Austin Matthew Putman.

He started school in Overton, Texas. In 1937 the family moved to Monahans, Texas until 1942. The family moved to Baton Rouge, LA where he graduated from high school in 1943.

Shortly after he entered the U.S. Army Air Force. He subsequently served as an aerial gunner in the 15th Air Force in Italy. Upon discharge he attended college at Louisiana State University and graduated as a mechanical engineer.

He went to work for Welex Jet Services, introducing a new service to the oil industry.

On November 25th, 1949 he married his sweetheart Lois “Jean” Meek. They had three children; Jerrel “Jerry” Bruce, Edward Glenn and DéAunn.

After 14 years, in 1963, he joined his brother in Casper, WY to help build a new and highly successful company in the Rocky Mountain states.

He is survived by his brother; his children, Edward and DéAunn, 4 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his sister Joyce Lackey; and his son Jerrel “Jerry” Putman.

He was an active member and deacon of Boyd Avenue Baptist Church in Casper, where a Celebration of his life will be held 2:00 p.m. February 7, 2021. The celebration can be attended in person or viewed on the Boyd Avenue Baptist Facebook page or on the Boyd Avenue Baptist You Tube Channel.

In lieu of flowers please make donations to the Boyd Avenue Baptist Church building fund or the local charity of your choice.