CASPER, Wyo. –
Ellen Butner: 1923 – 2020
Ellen Butner passed on from this world to the Heaven that she longed for on December 31, 2020, after a very full 97 years of life. She used to tell the story of how she was born in Poland. Poland, Ohio that is! Her family moved to Wyoming while she was still young. She was the third of four girls. Growing up, she loved to play baseball and ride horses. She met Wilbur “Joe” Butner. They trailed horses from Casper to Dubois and then eloped in Thermopolis WY. They soon settled in Dubois and Ellen opened a laundry and worked in the library and other businesses. She and Joe spent many an hour horseback tending cows in the mountains of Dubois, Wyoming. After the kids were gone from home, you would often find them living in a one room cabin or the sheep wagon or various ranch houses they called home. They also lived in Riverton and Lander, where she was a house mother and a daycare provider at the Wyoming State training school until retirement. After retirement she continued living in Lander, where she worked in her garden and yard and attended church.
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Ellen could grow a garden in the worst of conditions, and the flowers were abundant. She attended church regularly and would make sure if someone needed a ride to church, they got one. She learned to play the organ and would play at the church or in her living room in the wee hours of the night when she couldn’t sleep. Ellen sewed clothes for herself, Joe, and their three children Carol, Joe, and John. She even made rodeo shirts for some of the girls in Fremont county. Most of her family was blessed to receive socks, sweaters, afghans, or baby gifts that she had knit by hand. Ellen was also quite the artist. Horses were her subject matter of choice. Ellen always had a horsetail to tell and would tell them to whoever would listen. Ellen also loved music. She would sing the old hymns and make up songs if she didn’t have one readily available. Ellen would share her talents with anyone who wanted to learn and share her garden yields as well.
As the years took their toll and she was no longer able to live alone, Ellen moved back to Casper, where she lived with family, and then to Life Care Center where she could have 24-hour care. Her dog Dusty was her companion through it all.
Ellen was preceded in death by her spouse Joe, her parents, her siblings, one grandson, and one granddaughter. She was also preceded in death by many horses and dogs. She is survived by her children Carol (Lynn), Joe (Twilla), John (Carol), 9 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren, and 7 great-great-grandchildren, with 2 more on the way, and numerous nieces and nephews. As cantankerous as she could be, we all loved her, and she will be missed.
A memorial service will be planned for early summer in Lander with the internment of her ashes in Dubois.
Memorial donations can be made to a local animal shelter or horse rescue of your choice.
Her greatest wish would be that we all know Jesus as our saviour and join her in Heaven.
Freda A. Blakeley: 1933 – 2020
In loving memory of Freda Arlene Benton Blakeley who was born on November 1, 1933 and passed away into the loving arms of her savior on December 28, 2020 in Casper, Wyoming from natural causes.
She was born to Fred and Dorothy (Conklin) Benton and raised in Edgemont, South Dakota. She and her family spent wonderful years in Sturgis, South Dakota, Newcastle, Wyoming and from 1973 to 2019 in Glenrock, Wyoming.
Freda married Glen Blakeley on May 24, 1952 and they celebrated 68 years together raising their family of four children: Robbin, Richard, Lea Ann and Scott. She loved to cook, can, sew, paint, knit, crochet, and most of all spend time with family. She was honored to be a wife, mother, and homemaker by saying, “Glen has been such a good provider that this allowed me to do exactly what I always wanted to do.”
She was always up for a good visit in person or on the phone. She was exceptionally good at keeping in touch with many extended family members and friends. When she and Glen had visitors stop by their house, expected or unexpected, they were always gracious and welcoming to stop what they were doing to have a cup of coffee and visit. A former employee of Scott and Shari’s that worked with Glen would go and visit them often. He expressed “I enjoyed all the talks we got to have. Long talks. Someone please call me so I can have an excuse to leave talks.”
She was immensely proud of the fact she went back to the local high school and learned secretarial skills including shorthand. Many of Lea Ann’s friends told her “Your mom is so cool” that had class with Freda. Many of those high school students she was in class with became lifelong friends.
Freda enjoyed genealogy and tracing hers and Glen’s family back to the 1600’s. They made an extended trip to the east coast in 1985 to gather information and visit cemeteries and family sites.
She was a care provider for the elderly in her home for several years. Then she became “Grandma” to Hunter and Roper Taylor as she provided care for them from birth until they started school.
Freda had a fantastic memory for events in her life. From what she received for birthdays and Christmas from 3 years old and on to stories from her childhood she loved to share with anyone who would listen. She had a tradition of taking pictures of each grandchild in an old wash basin with pitcher that she treasured. Her granddaughter Leslie remembers canning and peach dumplings with Grandma.
She was a member of the Red Hats Society and involved in the churches they attended over the years.
Because of health concerns, she and Glen left their home of 43 years in Glenrock and moved into Meadow Wind Assisted Living in March 2019. There they made new friends and people to visit with. When she could not or would not talk on the phone because it was too tiring to hold the phone to her ear, all knew things were not going well for her.
Freda was preceded in death by her parents and oldest son Robbin and two infant brothers. She is survived by her husband, Glen of Casper, son Richard (Cheryl) Blakeley of Glenrock, daughter Lea Ann Carr of Douglas, son Scott (Shari) Blakeley of Evansville, sister Dottie McKillip of Glenrock, grandchildren Shawn Blakeley, Marci Mangold, Patrick (Val) Heimann, Nikki (Cale) Ostermiller, Leslie Heimann Jones, Landon (Sandra) Blakeley, Parker (Nicole) Blakeley, Preston (Alecia) Blakeley, Lane (Melissa Chaney) Blakeley, great grandchildren Katelynn, Max, Tyler, Bella, Ben, Lucy, Jarret, Jace, Jaxston, Evan, Alycia, Eily and Max, two sisters-in-law, Norma Jean (Wilbur) Lease and Bonnie Lou (Vern) Meyer. Also surviving are numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.
A private service and burial was held January 2, 2021. A celebration of life will follow at a later date.
Ruth Jenkins: December 5, 1933 ~ January 1, 2021 (age 87)
Ruth Jenkins was born Dec.5,1933 in Laramie, WY to Herbert and Martha Pountney. She died at Central Wyoming Hospice in Casper on Jan.1, 2021.
Ruth was preceded in death by her parents, her brother Oliver, sons Monty and Werner and daughter Coleen. She is survived by her sister Carol, brother Leslie, daughters Carolynn, Christine and Martha and sons Jerry and Karl. She had many nieces, nephews, grandchildren and greatgrandchildren.
Funeral Services are to be held at Bustard & Jacoby Funeral Home on Jan. 11, 2021, at 10 a.m. at 600 CY Ave. Casper, WY. Burial will be in Laramie, WY.
Arrangements are entrusted to the care of Bustard & Jacoby Funeral Home, 600 CY Avenue, Casper, WY 82601.
Elmer C. Hoke: November 26, 1925 ~ December 31, 2020 (age 95)
Elmer Conrad Hoke was born in Casper Wyoming on November 26, 1925. He died December 31, 2020. His parents were Conrad and Amelia (Greenwalt) Hoke. He was the youngest of seven children.
Elmer attended Natrona County High School and graduated in 1944 at mid-year. He joined the U.S. Navy during WWII. He was assigned to an aircraft carrier USS Essex for the duration of the war. He participated in ten major battles and invasions during his time in the south pacific. He received many medals. He returned to Casper after the war.
Elmer was employed at Texaco Inc. for 35 years. He retired in 1981.
Upon retiring he had the time to do all the things he really enjoyed. He travelled a great deal. He hunted elk, deer, and antelope. He did a lot of fishing, backpacking, and just enjoyed the great outdoors.
Elmer also enjoyed sports and attended the Casper College Thunderbird basketball games, also the Wyoming Cowboy football games. He went to many championship games and bowl games.
Elmer acquired property in Encampment, Wyoming which was a great place for him to enjoy his life. He did a lot of work on improving the property and sometimes worked from morning until night!
Elmer was a lifelong member of Our Savior Lutheran Church. He loved his God, as well as his family and beloved USA.
Elmer wrote, “In my life I met one very special friend; a very dedicated and religious one, plus a pleasure to have in a life span. This is what I think is necessary in everyone’s life and the compassion to share time with. So with the blessings from my Lord, I wish you all a beautiful and full life as I have as my own.” He wrote on, “After retiring for 30 years and being in my 80’s plus being in good health, I still enjoy my connection with sports, fishing, and hunting. My times associating with my friends and relatives was very special. I delivered Meals on Wheels for many years and fully saw the problems of the elderly and confinement existing for most. My association with the staff and employees of Meals on Wheels was a part of my life I cherished. My many conversations with fellow volunteers in my daily association were special also.”
Elmer was preceded in death by his parents and his brothers and sisters. Anna Pearce, Emma Perkins, Adolph Hoke, Ruben Hoke, Harold Hoke and Helen Kinsella.
Elmer is survived by many family members and wonderful friends.
Elmer was a kind and generous man. He had a very good sense of humor. He was always optimistic. He was always ready to help everyone.
We will all miss him and look forward to being reunited with him in Heaven. He was loved!
The family asks that donations are made out to Meals On Wheels and Our Savior Lutheran Church.
Arrangements are entrusted to Bustard & Jacoby Funeral Home, 600 CY Ave. Casper, WY 82601.