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Obituaries: Franklin Sr., Boatman, Petrossi

Gary Chris Franklin Sr.

CASPER, Wyo. –

Gary Chris Franklin Sr.: 1952 – 2021

Gary Chris Franklin Sr. Age 68 of Casper, Wy passed away peacefully at Wyoming medical center with his Son Chris and daughter April by his side.

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He was born September 25, 1952  in Casper, Wyoming to George and Mary (Schmit) Franklin.  He was raised in Casper his entire life. Despite his minimal education, he graduated high school at NCHS and was able to show his successes through hard work and perseverance.

Gary was a hard worker. He taught his children and family never to be afraid of hard work and how to prevail in hard times by collecting cans, stripping wire, dumpster diving or doing odd jobs.

Gary’s greatest past times were spent camping, fishing, hunting, and working on vehicles with his kids in the 80s and early 90s. He enjoyed listening to music, singing and dancing to his 8 tracks, cassettes, and record player. You could always find him cooking a great meal with the veggies from his garden or wild game from his October hunt, and whipping up his famous brownies with his secret ingredient, mayonnaise.  

A favorite memory, he enjoyed taking his kids roller skating from they were able to walk. He simply was a kind man with a good heart and many lessons.

He will be greatly missed and never forgotten. 

He is survived by his children, grandchildren, mother Mary, sister Linda, brother Danny, and numerous niece and nephews. He was preceded in death by father George, step father Jim, brother Mike, sister Debbie, brother John, brother David, and brother Ron. 

There will be no services at this time. A celebration of life will take place at a later date.


Charlene Boatman

Charlene Boatman: 1927 – 2021

Charlene (Bisiar) Boatman, 93, passed this life into the next February 4, 2021, at C.W.H with family by her side.

Born August 23, 1927 in Casper, Wyoming, to Charles and Faye (Lore) Bisiar. She lived in her beloved Wyoming all her life.

Charlene married Alexander McNab, who passed, then married Pete Gottfried. They divorced, and then she married Claude A. Boatman, who was the love and companion in her life until he passed.

Together Claude and Charlene traveled, rock-hunted, camped, fished and hunted rabbit and wild game. She cleaned her fish, shot and gutted her wild game and cooked it all!

Charlene was a member of the VFW woman’s artilary and always honored those who protected our country with reverence. She loved football and cheered for her Bronco’s. Charlene loved Jesus and gave bibles and books to others so they could learn. She did volunteer work at her church loving to be in the midst of like-minded Christians.

Charlene helped raise her great grand-daughter, Julia Bunnell for 19 years!

Survivors include her brother, Pat Bisiar (Marj); daughter, Vicki McNab; son, Steven Gottfried (Cecilia); and step-daughter, Marilyn Neal (Ken); as well as 14 grand-children and 22 great-grand-children.

She was preceded n death by her parents, two husbands, two daughters, Heather McNab and Crystal (Chris) Gottfried; and one brother, Virgil (Michey) Bisiar.

Services to be held at Oregon Trail State Veterans Cemetery February 19, 2021 at 12:00 PM in the chapel.


Theodore R. “Ted” Petrossi

Theodore R. “Ted” Petrossi: 1931 – 2021

Theodore R. Petrossi, 89, of Casper, Wyoming died Wednesday, February 10, 2021.

Ted was born on September 18,1931 in Johnstown, PA. to Giovanni & Marie Petrossi. Ted served our country in Korean war with the United States Army.

He enjoyed for over 30 years his Saturday night poker games, enjoyed spending time in his garden and raspberry patch. Ted was an avid bowler. For many years Ted worked for Casper Lumber & CY True Value.

He is Survived by his wife Karen Flint Petrossi of Casper, WY. Three sons Ron (Tina) Petrossi, David Petrossi of Casper, WY and Teddy Petrossi of Utah, step-son Kelly (Kelli) Flint,of Nebraska, 6 grandchildren, 1 step-grandson and several great grandchildren and other family and friends.

In lieu of flowers, the family request memorial contributions be made to: Wyoming Dementia Care PO Box 1493, Casper, WY 82602.