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Obituaries: Bell, Strickland, Miller, Mills, Hughes

Susan Eileen Bell

CASPER, Wyo. –

Susan Eileen Bell: May 17, 1951 ~ January 31, 2021 (age 69)

Susan Eileen (Sue) Bell, 69, of Casper, Wyoming passed away on January 31st, 2021 at Wyoming Medical Center.  She was born Susan Eileen Gray on May 17th, 1951 in Luther, Michigan to Dorothy Fredericks.  She graduated from Pine River High School in Leroy, Michigan.  She met her husband Lynn Bell in 1971 at Little Shag Lake in Gwynn, Michigan.  They were married at K. I. Sawyer Air Force Base Michigan.  Lynn was immediately transferred to Lowry Air Force Base in Colorado, where they made their home and where their daughter Nichole was born.  In 1976 they moved to Casper, where their son Nathan was born and where they made their permanent home.

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While raising her children, Sue was a stay at home mom and watched children in her home.  Later, she worked in daycare and was eventually blessed to become an in home nanny for a family that became part of her family and gave her two bonus children to love and help raise.  Her final career was as a school district cafeteria employee, from which she retired in 2016.  She made wonderful friends there.  She loved antiquing, collecting, auctioning, cooking, knitting, reading, all things Little House On The Prairie, Beatrix Potter (especially Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle) and hedgehogs.  She was a member of the Casper Antiques & Collectors Club, and the grand prize winner of the Powder River Sheepherder’s Fair lamb cook-off three years in a row.  More than anything, though, Sue loved kids (and she loved spoiling them):  Her own, their friends, all the children she took care of, the neighborhood kids… She loved her family, she loved her friends, and she loved making people happy.  She was the kindest, most generous person and always thought of others before herself. 

Sue is survived by her husband Lynn of Casper, daughter Nichole (Broc) Johnson of Twin Falls, Idaho, son Nathan Bell of Casper, sister Judy (Fred) McCoy of Evart, Michigan, brother-in-law Jeff (Mary) Bell of Brighton, Colorado, sister-in-law Peg Bell of Sterling, Colorado, grandson Atticus Johnson, her Bubba, of Twin Falls, Idaho, who was the light of her life, Alisa Bell, Connor Jones, Jared Sleep, Joel (Kate) Simonson, Bethany Simonson, and numerous nieces, nephews and very dear friends.  She is preceded in death by her mother Dorothy Wilson, her brother Shirley Gray, her in-laws Charles and Lauris Bell, and her brother-in-law Lowell Bell. She was a bright light, and the world will be darker in her absence. She will be loved and missed, always.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a celebration of life will be held at a later date in the summer in Casper, Wyoming.  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Sue’s name may be made to Wyoming Food For Thought or a charity of your choice.

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


Dorothy Ellen Strickland

Dorothy Ellen Strickland: September 8, 1929 ~ January 30, 2021

Dorothy E Strickland was born September 8, 1929 in Hardin, Montana and was one of 13 children.  She attended school in Fromberg, Golden, Belfry and Bridger, Montana, graduating from Bridger High School in May 1947.  After graduation she moved to Billings where she was employed by Archie Cochran Motors and attended Billings Business College where she earned her associate degree. 

Dorothy lived in Worland, Wyoming in the early 50’s working at the Holly Sugar company and later worked as a paralegal for Roger Runge.  She moved to Casper in 1959 where she resided until her death.  While in Casper, Dorothy worked for The Pancratz Company and from 1962 until she retired in 1979, she worked for the Wyoming Employment Security Commission as a State Auditor.  In 1971 she received an award for Auditor of the Year.

After retiring, Dorothy traveled throughout the United States, Mexico and Europe.  She loved the outdoors and often went camping, hunting and fishing.  She was fun-loving and enjoyed bowling with her sister, Bubbles and nieces and was known to be quite the dancer.  She also enjoyed reading a good book and was quite a card player with pinochle and bridge being her games of choice.

Dorothy believed in giving back to the community and she did so by working as a volunteer for Hospice where she received an award for her over 15 years of dedicated service.

Dorothy was preceded in death by her father, Henry Zier in 1959 and her beloved mother Katherine Zier in 1992, her daughter Vickie, and 9 siblings.  She is survived by two granddaughters, great-grandchildren, 4 siblings and many other beloved friends and family members.

Dorothy was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran Church and remained firm in her faith in her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ throughout her life.

A visitation for family and friends will be held Friday, February 5, 2021 from 5:00pm until 7:00pm at Bustard and Jacoby Funeral Home Chapel. A Funeral Service will be held Saturday, February 6, 2021 at 10:00am at Grace Lutheran Church, 315 CY Avenue in Casper with interment to follow at Highland Cemetery. After graveside services are concluded, a reception will be held at Bustard Reception Center. 

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


Michael Miller

Michael Miller: April 23, 1950 ~ January 27, 2021 (age 70)

Michael Wayne (Mike) Miller, 70, of Casper, WY passed away on January 27th in his home.

Mike was born in Sheridan, Wyoming to John (Jack) and Helen Miller on April 23rd, 1950. He attended high school at Kelly Walsh High School in Casper, graduating in 1968. From 1968 until 1972 he earned a bachelor’s degree in secondary education from Black Hills State College. During that time, Mike achieved greatness on the wrestling mat by becoming an NAIA All American and national finalist. From 1972 to 1974, Mike served as a physical education teacher and wrestling coach for Bison High School in Bison, SD. From 1974 to 1975 Mike obtained his masters degree in recreation from the University of South Dakota. During that time Mike served as the assistant wrestling coach. From 1975 to 1977 Mike became the head wrestling coach at Colorado Northwestern Community College.

From 1977 up until his retirement in 2010 he served as a physical education teacher and head wrestling coach at his alma mater Kelly Walsh High School. Mike was an avid outdoorsman and sports fan (loved his New York Yankees, Denver Broncos and Wyoming Cowboys). Mike received many accolades for his work in choice-based physical education programs, and presented his ideas for education across the country. Mike was involved in several conservation efforts such as being a member of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation.

Mike is survived by his two sons; Dan (Lindsay) Miller and Kyle (Aimee) Miller, sisters; Judy (Woody) Woodworth, Laura (Bob) Bendrick, and Marsha Anderson. He is also survived by his grandchildren; Maddie, Maren and Olivia, as well as several nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his brother, John Miller and parents Jack and Helen Miller.

The family wishes to extend gratitude to all of those that helped Mike in his final days of battling pancreatic cancer.  As a teacher, coach, brother, father and grandfather, Mike touched many lives and will be sorely missed. Godspeed Mike.

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


Scott Edward Mills

Scott Edward Mills: February 12, 1950 ~ January 24, 2021 (age 70)

Beloved Casper native, Scott Edward Mills died peacefully at his Casper home on Sunday morning, January 24, with his brother, Mark and nephew, Jack Garson at his side.  Given his birthday fell on the same day as Abraham Lincoln’s, his family thought he was pretty special.   His siblings truly regarded him as the “Best of Us.” 

Scott graduated from NCHS in 1968 and worked on the Strong Creek Ranch during the summer of his high school years.  He joined the Navy in 1969 and spent four years defending our country during the Vietnam War. He served on the aircraft carrier, USS Kitty Hawk working as a jet airplane mechanic.    After the war, he was employed in the oil business in Cody, WY, where he started his own electronic repair business.  He eventually returned to his hometown of Casper and became the primary caregiver for our Mother before she passed in December of 2001.  Scott was well known in his neighborhood and throughout Casper as “Mr. Fix It!”  He was a “learn by trial and error” guy, who could fix anything and everything.  One of his greatest strengths was his ability to problem solve in any situation!  He loved the outdoors of Wyoming.  His many hobbies included snowmobile racing, hunting, & fishing. He was proud to be a member of the Wyoming Pioneers Association.   

Scott was a “Super Uncle” to his nieces and nephews. He taught them the value of patience, always extending his sense of humor.  He also taught them a lot about hunting, fishing and shared his knowledge about electronics.  When inquiries were made as to what the doctor had to say about his condition, he replied, “He said, to take 2 aspirins and call in the morning.”  To his siblings, he was always a ready listener, problem solver and he could bring a smile to our faces in any situation. 

He was preceded in death by his father, Bryan; mother, Marianne and his brother, Donnie. He is survived by his sisters, Mary Beth Garson of Bosler, WY and Sherry Lee Norwood of San Clemente, CA; brothers, John Mills, Knoxville, TN and Mark Mills, Longmont, CO.  He was the uncle to 2 nieces, 6 nephews, 5 great nephews and 3 great nieces.  

The family asks that contributions in memory of Scott be made to any of the following organizations, of which he was a member: Ducks Unlimited; the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation; and the Trout Unlimited Organization.

An honorary military service will be held on February, 26 at noon in the chapel of the Oregon Trail Cemetary.  

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


Florence B. Hughes: August 30, 1921 ~ January 26, 2021 (age 99)

Florence B. (Hodge) Hughes, age 99, of Casper, WY. went to be with the Lord on January 26,2021.

She was born August 30, 1921 to Roman and Nora (Ridge) Bachelder in Eustis, Maine, and the family moved to Cambridge, MA. Where Florence grew up and graduated from high school. She then went on to get her Nursing degree.

Florence was united in marriage to J.W. Hodge to this union 4 children were born. This marriage was later dissolved. Florence married Willie “Bill” Hughes and they made their home in Augusta, GA. In 2007 Florence moved to Casper, WY. Bill  passed away in 1990.

After a 3-decade long career in nursing Florence retired from Veteran Hospital in Augusta, GA.

Florence got pleasure from sewing and crocheting, she also took care of the nursery at Overcomers Outreach Center.

Awaiting her in heaven, husband, Bill Hughes; son Paul Hodge; step-daughter, Shelia Hughes Fletcher.

Left to cherish her memory, 3 children, Karen Collins, Casper, WY, Ron (Ilene) Hodge, Cummings, Ga, Michael (Nancy) Hodge, Goose Creek, SC.; 9 grandchildren; 15 great grandchildren.

Services will be held in Casper, WY. and Martinez, GA. at Overcomers Outreach Center later.

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