Obituaries: Weliever, Mitchell, Trujillo, Dever - Casper, WY Oil City News
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Obituaries: Weliever, Mitchell, Trujillo, Dever

Richard Jack Weliever

CASPER, Wyo. –

Richard Jack Weliever, 58, of Riverton, passed away from a drowning accident on Thursday, January 14, 2021.  A service will be held for him at 10:00 am on Saturday, January 23, 2021, at the Fremont Center at the Fremont County Fairgrounds. With a catered reception to follow.  

Richard Jack Weliever, according to his birth certificate, was born on October 11, 1962, however somewhere along the way, his mom Mary Lee accidentally changed it to October 10th, and so the 10th is the day he chose to celebrate it on. He was born in Riverton, WY, to Frank Henry and Mary Lee (Goodwin) Weliever.  He attended school in Riverton, completing the 10th grade, then started his career in the oilfield. 

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On July 25th, 1985, Fran asked Rich, “If I fall in love with you, will you Catch me?” Rich said “Yes!” and on December 7, 1985, he married Francine Kaye Ward in Casper, WY.  They celebrated 35 years together in December.  They resided in Casper, where both of their girls, Erika and Sarah, were born. After a short stay in Greeley, Co. They then made a move to Riverton, making it their forever home. 

Richard, (“Fatboy”, as he was known to his oilfield buddies) was a proud oilfield hand all his life. He broke out with Dixie Linfield Drilling in Riverton. He then went to work for Grace Bomac in Casper, WY. Then started his move up the ranks with Kenting Apollo in the late ’80s, surviving the transitions to Caza and then EnSign Drilling, where he had been a Rig Manager for the last 28 years.

Richard loved to hunt, fish, go 4-wheeling, camping, old Ford Trucks, collecting guns and knives, rock hunting, and going to the casino. He loved his dogs, spending time with his kids and family, and you would not have escaped a conversation with him, without him giving you a hard time. He was rough around the edges but had a heart of gold.

He is survived by his wife, Francine Weliever; daughters, Erika Weliever, Sarah Wick and her husband Hayden; adopted oil field son, Pete Barton and his daughter Avya; brother, Joseph H. Weliever and his wife, Rita Kay, their daughter, Tammi Weliever; sister, Michele Hinz and husband Gary, their children, Gracie, Carlee, and Johnathan Hinz; and brother Jason Weliever and his wife Jessica, their children, Zander and Zoey Weliever; as well as numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, grandparents, and niece, Kali Jo Allgood.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to PAWS, in care of Davis 


Helen Marie Mitchell

Helen Marie Mitchell, 86, of Sheridan passed on Monday, January 11, 2021.  

Helen was born to Leon and Nola (Osborn) Cook in Gillette, WY and was raised thirty miles south of Gillette. She attended two years of high school in Gillette. In 1949, her folks bought one of the Leiter Estates places on Clear Creek. Helen attended her junior and senior year in high school in Clearmont and graduated in 1952.  

In the fall of 1952, Helen married Junior R. Mitchell in Story, WY.  They shared their lives together for 57 years. At that time J.R. lived right across the road from her house. Together they had four children. In 1964, when the children were old enough to join 4-H, Helen and her neighbors started a 4-H club called Clear Creek Livestock.  She was a 4-H community leader for twenty years and a project leader for fifteen years, though continued to be involved in many aspects outside of those roles and beyond those years. She and her children were all ten-year members of 4-H.  All gained many awards through the years.  

They raised Registered Suffolk sheep which Helen showed at the Wyoming State Fair and other regional shows for thirty years, enjoying every minute of it. In 1968, she was selected as Outstanding Young Woman of America. 

They operated an egg laying business called Clear Creek Eggs for sixteen years, providing eggs to Sheridan, Buffalo, and Gillette. They ran their cows in the Peters Grazing Association for twenty years. 

Helen was a member of the Clearmont Women’s Club for thirty years. She served as an election judge for twenty years, was a member of AARP and a volunteer for the blood drive in August every year. Her hobbies were leather craft, photography, woodworking, bowling, scrapbooks, gardening and traveling.

Helen is survived by her children: Betty Mitchell of Sheridan, Bonnie (Lester) Drake of Buffalo, and Robert (Christal) Mitchell of Miles City, MT.  She is also survived by her grandchildren – Jennifer and Levi Drake, and Alexander, Brandon and Nicholas Mitchell.  She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, and daughter Jessie Mitchell.

A memorial service is presently being planned for later in the year.

Memorials to honor Helen can be made to: The Hub, 211 Smith Street, Sheridan, WY 82801.  (formerly Sheridan Senior Center) or to donor’s choice. 

Arrangements are under the care of Sheridan Funeral Home, 1423 O’Dell Court, Sheridan, WY 82801. 


Maria Clotilde “Tillie” Trujillo

Maria Clotilde “Tillie” Trujillo: 1939 – 2021

Maria “Tillie” Clotilde Trujillo, 81, of Bar Nunn, Wyoming passed away Friday, January 8, 2021 at Wyoming Medical Center. She was born on June 21, 1939 to Tobias and Casilda Pacheco in Costilla, NM. Tillie and her family moved when she was young to Colorado then the family settled in Casper, WY where she graduated from Natrona County High School.

Tillie met the love of her life, Eloy Trujillo and they married on Oct. 30 1959. Together they had 3 children, Laurie, Victor, and Mike. Tillie loved being a wife and mother and took her job as a homemaker to heart.

Tillie spent her retirement years enjoying the gifts of her family, traveling with her siblings and time with her children and great grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her parents.

She is survived by her husband of 61 years, Eloy; daughter, Laurie Trujillo; sons, Victor (Paula) Trujillo, Mike (Debbie) Trujillo; grandchildren, Cole (Halle) Hasely, Lauren Hasely, Arielle (James) Simpson, Dylan (Sarah Sgrulloni) Trujillo, Michael (Kayla) Trujillo, Jr., Kyle (Molly) Trujillo, and Cameron Trujillo; great grandchildren, Nyxie Hasely, Jay, Emmie, Aspen and Summit Trujillo, Evelyn and Addie Trujillo; Siblings, Joe (Delia) Pacheco, John (Nora) Pacheco, Frank (Gloria) Pacheco, Elmer (Angie) Pacheco, Ernestina Pacheco-McConnell, Elaisita Lopez, and Juanita (Guillermo) Condelaria; Beloved dogs, Curly and Chico.

There will be no services at this time. The family will announce a gathering in Tillie’s honor at a later date. To leave a special message for the family, please visit www.NewcomerCasper.com.


Dolores Ann Dever

Dolores Ann Dever: 1930 – 2021

Dolores Ann (Dee) Dever, 90 years old, passed away Thursday, January 14, 2021, at Wyoming Medical Center in Casper, Wyoming. She was born November 4, 1930, in Casper to Louis and Hazel McKenna.

On September 1, 1949, at St. Anthony Catholic Church, Dee married John Patrick Dever, a wonderfully kind-hearted man whom she loved so much. Together, they raised three children: Mike, Gail and Pam. Dee and John spent much of their leisure time square dancing, playing bridge with friends, traveling to distant places, and sharing meals with friends and family. In later years, it was a surprise to go to their home and not find them at the dining room table playing what became their favorite game, Rummikub, and laughing as they made their moves. The love in their hearts for each other clearly shone through all they shared together!

Dee loved knitting and started the Carriage House Yarn Shop at Sunrise Mall in 1973. Her daughter Gail later joined her in this enterprise. After several years, Dee sold the shop in 1980 to have more time to spend with her grandchildren.

It would be difficult to find someone as passionate about her Catholic faith as Dee was. She was a daily attendee at Mass at St. Patrick Church, unless her health dictated otherwise. She loved our Blessed Mother and tried to pray all 20 decades of the rosary each day. And if any of her children or grandchildren needed prayer or had a question about their faith, they knew they could always come to her. She was very involved in Perpetual Adoration at St. Patrick’s and coordinated this ministry for 30 years. She was a leader and member of one of the Divine Will cenacles in town, and she lived the Divine Will virtuously.

Dee is survived by her children: Michael Thomas Dever (Sharon), Gail Ellen Dever Enyert, and Pamela Diane Dever Bonse (Lee). Grandchildren include Sean Dever (Joy), Kristin Dever White (Brian), Brian Dever (Becky), Lauren Dever Freed (Dustin), Riley Enyert Kuhns (Bill), Raegan Enyert Chinn (Adam), John P Bonse, Katie Bonse, Tony Bonse, and Mary Bonse Hamilton (Nick). Great grandchildren are Jacob, Zack, Aiden, and Owen Chinn; Megan and Sarah White; Joseph, John, Olivia, Thomas, Eleanor, and twins Mary and Catherine Dever; Annabella Kuhns; Abigail and Emmelia Hamilton; and lastly twins Henry and Tillie Freed.

Dee is predeceased by her husband John, her son-in-law Richard Enyert, and her first grandson Ryan Enyert.

She will be greatly missed by her family and her many friends from over the years.

A rosary will be led by Rev. Gary Ruzicka on Thursday evening, January 21, at 7:00 PM, at Newcomer Funeral Home. The Requiem Mass will be celebrated by Rev. Gary on Friday, January 22, at 10:30 AM, at St. Patrick Catholic Church. The Rite of Committal will take place at Highland Cemetery immediately following the Mass. Covid protocol of masks and social distancing will be required.