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Obituaries: Knigge, Evans, Mangus, Elmore, Jr.

Zachary Garrett Knigge

CASPER, Wyo. –

Zachary Garrett Knigge: March 24, 1991 ~ January 29, 2021 (age 29)

Zachary Garrett, Zach, Knigge, age 29,of Casper, Wyoming, passed away on January 29, 2021 in Casper Wyoming.

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Zach was born in Casper Wyoming to Rick and Stephanie Knigge, March 24, 1991, He went to Kelly Walsh High school and finished with a general education diploma. He worked mostly in oilfield for Melco as tank cleaning specialist and trained and certified in OSHA Hazwoper.

He enjoyed the outdoors, from BMX racing and snowboarding to camping and fishing, while surrounding himself with family and friends.

Zach is survived by his father, Rick Knigge, his mother, Stephanie Knigge, brothers, Jason and Josh Knigge and his sisters, Erica Edwards and Kali Knigge. 

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


Lily L. Evans

Lily L. Evans: July 24, 1925 ~ January 28, 2021 (age 95)

On January 28, 2021, Lily Leota (Lee) Evans, 95, of Casper, Wyoming was welcomed into the arms of our Lord, Jesus Christ. 

Lily came into this world on July 24, 1925, in Hainesville, Louisiana, the first-born daughter of Luther Adair and Lily (Birchfield) Adair. Lily grew up in Arkansas and following graduation from high school, she went on to attend Tulane, and in 1947 she received her nursing degree with high honors. Being an adventurous soul, after graduation, Lily and several of her friends, traveled to Casper to start their nursing careers at Memorial Hospital.  Lily met the love of her life, William T. Evans, who was a patient at the hospital.

On August 12, 1948, they were married in Casper at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church.  They were happily married for nearly 65 years until Bill’s passing in 2013.  From this union four children were born, William, Rebecca, Kim, and Laurie.

Lily is survived by her three daughters Becky (Bob) Herrmann, Kim (Wayne) Evans, and Laurie (Tom) Reese, as well as daughter-in-law Vickie Evans. She is also survived by her sister Betty Starkey of Overton, Texas, and 12 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren, and 3 great-great-grandchildren.

She was proceeded in death by her husband Bill, her son William T. Evans II, her brother Buddy, her parents, and an infant granddaughter, Elizabeth A. Reese.  Memorials may be made to Central Wyoming Hospice or the charity of the donor’s choice.  A private service will be held in the Spring. 

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


Danny Dean “Dan” Mangus

Danny Dean “Dan” Mangus, 62, Casper WY, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Wednesday, January 20, 2021. While his leaving us was unexpected, we take comfort in the fact he is now secure in his heavenly home.

Dan was born July 10, 1958 in Casper, Wyoming to Danny L. Mangus and Sharon G. (Linville) Mangus. After graduating from Glenrock High School in 1976 Dan attended Northern State College in Aberdeen SD where he was a member of the Northern State Wolves baseball team. For many years Dan worked at the Glenrock Power Plant. To all who knew Dan his passion for the outdoors, hunting, his dogs, and coaching was very apparent. Many young people developed their athletic skills under Dan’s patient, consistent guidance. Other young people were the unexpected recipients of bows, arrows, camouflage clothing, backpacks, hiking poles, fishing lures, and a myriad of other items needed to experience outdoor adventures. Dan’s generosity wasn’t just limited to young people. Because of Dan’s willingness to share, many adults have enjoyed outstanding hunting, fishing, and backpacking opportunities as well. Dan’s love for dogs was inspiring to witness and best summed up by his sister Terra when she was writing Dan a reference for adopting a dog. Her response to one of the questions was simply “Lucky dog” Truly Dan’s dogs were as fortunate to know him as we were.

Dan is survived by his wife, Susan Mangus; Dan’s Dog Buddy; his children: Erik (Crystal) Alberts of Casper WY and their children Brayden and Rylie; Brady Mangus of Glenrock WY; Chase Mangus of Casper WY; parents: Danny and Sharon Mangus of Glenrock, WY; siblings: Terra (Michael) Oakley of Casper, WY; Guy (Lori Palmer) Mangus of Glenrock, WY and their children Bayleigh and Braeden; Dan’s Step Children Sage (Cory) Oglesby and children Jack and Layton; Jenny (Andy) Kiehl and children Shelby and Weston; John (Kelby) Propp and children Jacob, Reagan and Justin; Bailey Propp.

Dan was preceded in death by his son Kevin Paul Alberts and his grandparents Clifford and Iris Mangus.

With gratitude the family respectfully asks that in lieu of flowers donations be made to an account to be established at Lifetime Fitness in Dan’s name prior to the service. It is our family’s heart to provide for the youth athletic programs or daily entrance fees for the youth in our community whose family may not be able to afford membership. Details to be updated.


John G. Elmore, Jr.

John G. Elmore, Jr.: 1924 – 2021

John G. Elmore, Jr., 96, of Casper, passed away peacefully Thursday January 28th surrounded by his family.

John was born August 8, 1924 at Wheatland General Hospital to Emma and John Elmore. He graduated May 13, 1943 from Guernsey High School. John entered the Navy July 24, 1943 at the age of 18. He was honorably discharged from the Navy March 31, 1946. He met Shirley Ann Edmiston in 1947 and married her March 1, 1949. They were happily married for 72 years.

John and Shirley were blessed with Lynne Marie and Maurice Wayne. Together they raised their children in Casper. John was the cornerstone of the family and was a wonderful example of who a person should be. John loved the Lord with all of his heart. He taught his family to love the Lord as well.

John was an avid collector of cars and dogs. He especially loved his dogs Truman and Harry who miss him deeply. John’s favorite past time was to be outdoors, especially in the Big Horn mountains where he loved to creek fish and camp with his family.

John is survived by his loving wife Shirley, his son Maurice Elmore and his wife Rita. His son-in-law Wade Weis. His grandson Shawn Weis and his wife Amanda, their children, Allie, Sarah, and Jack. Granddaughter, Schlee Weis. Granddaughter, Jenny McKinney and her husband Dennis, and their daughter Morgan. His grandson Matthew Elmore and his wife Mica, and their children, Orrin and Ada.

A service will be held at a later date.