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Obituaries: Middaugh, Hogan III, Heller, Currah

Brandon R. Middaugh

CASPER, Wyo. –

Brandon R. Middaugh: 1983 – 2021

Brandon went home to be with the Lord on January 11th 2021. He passed away very unexpectedly and our hearts are broken. Our comfort is in the knowledge that he is healthy again and is in the arms of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

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Brandon was born on December 28th, 1983. He was lovingly welcomed by his adoptive parents Vicky Closson and Ronald Middaugh. He attended local schools and graduated from Kelly Walsh High School in 2002.

Brandon and Tara meet the fall of 2002 driving Cy Ave and hanging out in Smiths parking lot. After dating for a few years they moved in together. August of 2005 they were blessed with their first son Issiah. That Christmas Brandon got down on one knee and proposed marriage to Tara. June 2007 they were blessed with their second son Noah. Brandon and Tara were united in marriage on November 2nd, 2009. September 2011 they were blessed with their daughter Brooklyn.

Brandon worked for Burger King and Hamburger Stand while in high school. After graduating he worked at Dave’s Automotive. He then worked for Pacheco corporation remodeling federal buildings. Summer 2008 he went to work for Hunting Energy services and earned his level 2 inspector certification. He really enjoyed working at Hunting and many of his coworkers became like brothers and sisters. He worked there until his unfortunate lay off June 2020.

In 2017 Brandon and Tara started construction for a new house on the family ranch. In spring 2018 they were finally able to move in with their 3 kids and 3 dogs. Delta Brandon’s 4 legged sidekick would be by his side wherever he went. They were finally able to get all the animals they wanted! Started with pigs then expanded to chickens and a turkey. Brandon loved the freedom of being able to shoot prairie dogs just out the back door.

Brandon loved the fall. It was his favorite time of year. He couldn’t wait to go hunting for big game. When he wasn’t hunting he was fishing the mountain creeks. Summer was his second favorite time of year. That meant family camping trips, fishing the lakes and mountain streams, and enjoying campfires with s’mores.

Brandon was a family man. He was an amazing husband, dad, brother, son and uncle. If he wasn’t at work he was with his family. He loved spending time with Tara and the kids. They enjoyed a lot of lazy weekend mornings cooking big breakfasts and spending time together as a family. Many happy times were spent watching movies and having snacks.

Some of Issiah’s favorite memories are when dad would pick him up from school. Dad would “blow black smoke” from the big black dodge. They would turn the music up loud and attempt to get other diesel trucks to race them.

Some of Noah’s favorite memories are building with dad, attempting to build an above ground swimming pool that only ended in a flood! Also building the coop for the chickens.

Some of Brooklyn’s favorite memories are creek fishing and just throwing the fish out so fast he couldn’t keep up. They also loved tickling each other and laughing until their cheeks hurt.

Brandon is survived by his loving wife Tara, his sons Issiah and Noah and daughter Brooklyn, his brother Justin, his mom Vicky, his dad Ronald, his Nana Norma Closson, and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

He was proceeded in death by his maternal grandfather Eldred Closson and his paternal grandparents Emery and Marion Middaugh.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date. When a date has been determined it will be posted on Facebook.

Eugene M. Hogan, III

Eugene M. Hogan, III: 1990 – 2021

Eugene Martin Hogan, III, 30, of Glenrock, Wyoming died January 13, 2021 in Casper, Wyoming.

He was born February 18, 1990 in Denver, Colorado to Eugene Hogan, Jr and Teresa Medina-Brown.

Eugene known to his family and friends as “Little Gene” was a gentle giant. He loved spending time with his family and friends, especially his nieces and nephews. Eugene enjoyed drawing; he had a creative hand. When he was not drawing, he enjoyed listening to music, watching movies, and playing video games.

Eugene is survived by his dad and mom Eugene and Susan Hogan of Glenrock, one brother Andrew Aragonez of Glenrock, three sisters Shananda Richards of Queen Creek, Arizona, Jaquelyn Layher of Douglas, Shanika Hogan of Glenrock, 11 nieces and nephews and several aunts and uncles.

He was preceded in death by his mother Teresa Medina-Brown, his maternal grandparents Nicholas and Flora Medina, his paternal grandfather Eugene Hogan, Sr. and grandparents Jack and Loretta Baumfalk.

Ramona Jean Heller

Ramona Jean Heller: 1955 – 2021

Ramona Jean Heller, age 65, of Marengo IA, formerly of Casper WY, died Thursday, January 14, 2021 at University Of Iowa Hospital, in Iowa City.

A public graveside service will be held at Koszta Cemetery, rural Marengo with Pastor Kolleen Queener officiating. Memorials may be directed to the Kloster Funeral Home at this time.

She is survived by her husband Richard D Heller; two sons, Richard A Heller (Erin) of Cedar Rapids, IA and Steven E.L. Heller (Laura) of Papillion, NE; four grandchildren, Alexander R Heller and Elliott J Heller (Papillion), Natalie A Heller and Lucas R Heller (Cedar Rapids). Also surviving are mother; Frances E Hanson-Sevon; two brothers, Steven W Hanson (Shianne) and Dale E Hanson (Kathy) of Casper, WY. She was preceded in death by her father Elmer M Hanson and her brother Melvin L Hanson.

Ramona Jean Hanson was born April 20, 1955 in Rawlins, WY, the daughter of Elmer Hanson and Frances Hanson-Sevon. She received her education in Casper, WY. She then went on to receive her bachelor’s degree from the University of Wyoming. Later in life she continued her education to achieve a Master’s degree in Business Administration and her PMP certification. Ramona Jean Hanson and Richard Daniels Heller were married on June 17, 1973 in Casper. Ramona finished her career at TransAmerica as a Global Project Manager.

Upon retirement she enjoyed spending more time with family and friends as well as traveling, canning, biking, cooking and the many family gatherings. She was a very active member of her church and the Republican Central Committee. Her passions included her faith and spending time with her children and grandchildren. Her retired life was very busy traveling across the country to visit family and friends.

Thomas W. “Bud” Currah

Thomas W. “Bud” Currah: 1924 – 2021

Thomas W. (Bud) Currah, longtime Wyoming resident, passed away in Casper, Wyoming, on January 15, 2021.

Bud was born in Goehner, Nebraska, on June 26, 1924. When he was 13, Bud’s parents moved their family from Nebraska to Wyoming where they established the Currah family farm in Missouri Valley.

When Bud graduated from Shoshoni High School our nation was deeply engaged in WWII. Bud was determined to serve this country, so he joined the Navy. On April 22, 1945, Bud’s service was cut short when his ship, a landing craft support ship, was struck by a Kamikaze and sunk 90 miles off the coast of Okinawa, Japan.

Bud survived and returned to Wyoming in 1946. Bud married Marjorie Hayen, a Missouri Valley gal, and former Rosie the Riveter, in 1945, and together they welcomed six sons.

He had a long career in the construction business, he was an active contributor to the American Legion baseball program, and a licensed Wyoming outfitter. After raising their sons in Casper, Bud and Marge retired to Star Valley Ranch. They then moved to Shoshoni, where Bud served as mayor for several years. 

One of Bud’s great passions was hunting and guiding big game hunts in Wyoming. He spent time in later years supporting Hunting with Heroes Wyoming, where he was the most senior team member and the most senior veteran. He enjoyed his last antelope hunt in 2019, with his sons Dan, Mark, and Tom, guiding the hunt. 

If you knew Bud well, you knew he could tell great stories. He’d get that twinkle in his eyes, and off he’d go—leaving it up to his audience to determine what was true and what was, well… a story!

Bud was preceded in death by his wife, Marge; his parents, Hugh and Mabel Currah; and his brother, Gayle Currah. Bud is survived by his six sons—Mitch (Annette), Dan (Nelda), Roger (Penny), Mark (Nancy), Tom, and Dee (Amber), fourteen grandchildren and sixteen great grandchildren. He is also survived by his two sisters, Shirley Richards, and Noreen (Van) Parkhurst, and his brother, Hugh (Joan) Currah. 

A Celebration of Bud’s Life will be held at the Shoshoni Senior Center, in Shoshoni, Wyoming, at a later date when we can all be together safely to share his wonderful stories, including a famous one about “serving lunch in the field.” The family requests memorials be made to the Shoshoni Senior Center or Hunting with Heroes Wyoming.