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Obituaries: Ankeny, Laird, Gilmore, Rhoads

Duncan C. Ankeny

CASPER, Wyo. –

Duncan C. Ankeny: August 10, 1954 ~ January 2, 2021 (age 66)

Duncan C Ankeny Duncan Clayton Ankeny age 66 passed away Saturday January 2. He was born August 10, 1954 in Casper Wyoming to his parents Harris Ronald Ankeny and Leona Mae Warburton. As one of the first of triplets in Casper. He spent his early years in Laramie,Wyoming. After completing High School Duncan worked as a mechanic servicing automobiles and heavy equipment until retirement. On June 19, 1999 he married Nancy Lund in a civil ceremony and On August 5, 2000 they were sealed for time and eternity in the Billings Montana temple. Duncan was an avid outdoorsman. He enjoyed hunting wild game, chasing coyotes and as a master angler fishing for the deadliest catch with his Brother Ronnie. He loved touring Yellowstone National park and Glacier National park with his wife Nancy. He was a man of many stories and game plans. He was a devout member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and served in many callings throughout the years. Duncan was a strong supporter of Boy Scouts of America and carried a “Be all you can be” attitude by helping numerous boys achieve their Eagle Rank. And attended many camps throughout the years. He is survived by his wife Nancy Ankeny, brothers Ronald and Donald and one sister Debbie. Numerous nieces and nephews and Children Beverly, Ana, Clifton, Patrick, Rachel, 17 grandchildren and one great grandson. He is preceded in death by his GrandParents, parents and one sister Beverly. Families are together forever, this isn’t goodbye but see you later.

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Due to COVID-19 and health concerns, the services will be private for family only. However, the funeral will be live streamed and all are encouraged to attend virtually at 2:00 PM on Monday, January 11, 2021. 

Click here for the Zoom location. The password for the livestream is: duncan

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

Connie Arline (Rowland) Laird

Connie Arline (Rowland) Laird: 1942 – 2021

Connie Arline (Rowland) Laird, 78, lifelong Mills resident, joined her Heavenly Father for eternity on January 2, 2021, following a lengthy illness with Alzheimer’s.                                             
Connie was born December 22, 1942, in Casper, Wyoming, the daughter of Perry & Emma Rowland. She worked in various roles throughout her life, but most enjoyed the childcare business she ran from her home.      
Her love for children remained with her always as she raised four children of her own and relentlessly loved and spoiled her eight grandchildren and six great grandchildren. Besides being the matriarch of her family, a few of the things she enjoyed most were dancing and listening to music. In particular, she loved to “jitterbug” with her twin sister Bonnie and always enjoyed listening to Elvis. She will forever be remembered for her bigger than life smile and even bigger heart, helping anyone that needed it when she was able!
Connie is survived by her children: Carla (Laird) Dunn of Oklahoma City, OK, Carl Laird of Brighton, CO, Allen Laird of Chandler, AZ, and Becky and husband Tiege Gates of Reno, NV. Sisters Bonnie Rowland of Salt Lake City, UT, and Wanda and husband John DeWitt of Sheridan, WY. Eight grandchildren: Kenny
and his wife Ashley, Zack and his wife Cristi, Sheila and her husband John, Michaela, Courtney, Jewel, Cody, Ally; and six great grandchildren: Mia, Chloe, Alyse, Sadie, Aspyn, and Barrett. She is preceded in death by her parents Perry & Emma Rowland, half-brothers Elmer, Everett, and Keith Rowland and half-
sister Verna Therman.
Memorial services will be scheduled and announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be sent to The Alzheimer’s Association of Wyoming ( in her memory. Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Bustard’s Funeral Directors and Crematory.

Donald Gilmore

Donald Gilmore: December 25, 1935 ~ January 2, 2021 (age 85)

Suffragan Bishop Donald Lynn Gilmore Sr. was born in Muscatine, Iowa, on December 25, 1935, to Robert Brady Gilmore and Dorothea Grace Mesher Dankert Gilmore. After birth, he was placed under the Christmas tree. Donald Gilmore also lived in Wisconsin; the family eventually moved to Rock Island, Illinois, and he graduated from Rock Island High School in 1953. While in junior high and high school, he was an accomplished saxophone player in the marching band for football games.

Donald Gilmore was united in holy matrimony to the love of his life, Merry Carol Edwards (also born on Christmas Day, 1935) on September 4, 1954, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. To this union were born twelve children.

He was a hard-working man who labored and provided well for his family while also faithful in ministry. He was a diesel mechanic for the railroad, employed at the Rock Island Lines, in Silvis, Illinois. His father was previously employed at the Rock Island Lines. He was a skilled diesel mechanic in engine rebuild while also working a part-time job, along with responsibilities as Assistant Pastor. As time went on, he started a successful steam cleaning business called Gilmore’s Steam Cleaning. For several years, he also was a truck driver for Casper Star Tribune, delivering newspapers and the United States Postal Service mail to various small-town stops in rural Wyoming.

In 1978 Suffragan Bishop Gilmore moved his family to Casper, Wyoming to open the True Apostolic Church. He pastored many years until, due to health reasons, had the need to retire. He continued studying the Word of God and enjoyed devotional time with his family.

Suffragan Bishop Gilmore was a devoted husband and loving father. He directed his family to the Lord and held steadfast and unmovable to the Oneness doctrine of Jesus Christ. He loved traveling, fishing, dining out and discussing the Holy Scriptures.

Suffragan Bishop Gilmore completed his work on earth and transitioned to glory to be with the Lord on January 2, 2021. He leaves to cherish his memory and honor his legacy: his wife of 66 years, Mother Merry Gilmore, Wendy (Armand) of Lakewood, Colorado; Donna (LD), Omaha, Nebraska; Randy, Council Bluffs, Iowa; Robert (Diana), Timothy (Janell), Donald Jr. (Sally), and Cynthia of Casper, Wyoming; Deanna (Kent), Tucson, Arizona; Glen (Dixie) and

 Richard (Rachel), Gastonia, North Carolina; grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great grandchild, nieces, nephews, saints and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, son Paul Eugene Gilmore, daughter Angelina Mae Gilmore, daughter-in-law Mary Gilmore and cousin Georgia Mesher.

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

Harvey Emerson “Chip” Rhoads

Harvey Emerson “Chip” Rhoads: 1942 – 2020

Harvey Emerson “Chip” Rhoads left this world to enter his new heavenly home on December 25, 2020. He passed away peacefully with family by his side at Life Care Center in Casper. He was 78 years old. Chip was born in Gillette in 1942 to Harvey and Mildred Rhoads, the youngest of seven children. He is survived by his children Clint (Roxanne) of Reno, Kimberly of Green Bay, and Christopher (Gayle) of Casper, six grandchildren (Nolan, Cody, Cedar, Sage, Bennett, and Elizabeth), his brother Buck, and numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews.

Chip grew up in Recluse, Sheridan, and Big Horn. He graduated from Big Horn High School in 1960. Chip graduated with an Associate in Science in 1966 from Sheridan College. He moved to Powder River with his brother Buck to work on a ranch. It was there that he met his future bride, Christie Umbach, who worked as a waitress at the hotel restaurant. Chip and Christie married in 1968 in Calgary, Canada. In 1973, he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in the College of Agriculture from the University of Wyoming.

Chip and Christie moved to Worland, Wyoming, where they raised their family and made their home for the rest of their lives. They were blessed with three children – Clint, Kimberly, and Christopher. Chip was employed by the BLM and volunteered on the Washakie County Search and Rescue. Chip was a member of St. Alban’s Episcopal Church. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, hanging out at the cafes, and visiting with friends. Chip and Christie bought an old farmhouse and remodeled it after their children moved away. Chip never stopped loving his hometown of Worland. Chip lost his wife Christie to cancer in 2011.

Chip later moved to a long-term care facility in Sheridan where he was fortunate to have daily visits with his sister Billie. He then moved to Life Care Center in Casper where he could be with his youngest son Christopher. Chip enjoyed western movies and art, Louis L’Amour books, Chris LeDoux, and homemade meals and goodies. Chip loved rodeos, especially the annual Chris LeDoux Days rodeo where he always got to see family. He loved reminiscing about growing up in Big Horn, riding horses, getting into mischief, dating his wife, working on the ranch, and many other adventures. He adored all his dogs, especially his most recent buddy Kiefer, with whom he is now reunited. Chip got to visit with family often, going out to eat and getting home cooked meals. He enjoyed frequent visits from his youngest granddaughter in Casper, and these visits always brightened his days. He was rarely seen without his cup of coffee.

Chip was preceded in death by his parents, five siblings (Nadine, Opal, Jean, Bud, Billie), and wife Christie Rhoads. The family would like to thank the staff of Life Care Center of Casper for their care. A private visitation was held, and a memorial service will be arranged at a later date in Worland.