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Obituaries: Russell Franklin Lewis, Donald ‘Donny’ Lewis

Russell Franklin Lewis

CASPER, Wyo. –

Russell Franklin Lewis: 1976 – 2021

Mr. Russell Franklin Lewis passed away unexpectedly on January 26, 2021 in St. James Healthcare of natural causes.  

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Russell was born on June 15, 1976 in Casper, Wyoming.  He was the second child, but the first son, of William G. “Bill” and Leona F. (Bateman) Lewis.

Russell grew up in Casper, Wyo.  At the age of 17, he was the youngest person to receive his GED at Casper College in Casper, Wyo.  He went on to receive his Associate of Technology Degree in Automotive Mechanic from Bates College in Tacoma, Washington.  In addition to his degree in Mechanics, he was also ASE Certified, a mark of excellence among Mechanics.  

Always skilled with his hands, Russell also worked during his college internship building cabinetry and framing houses.

Russell was a proud member of the United States Army, in which he served as an E-2 between 2008 and 2014.  His pride in his country was evident in his membership in the American Legion, AMVETS, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.  

He also enjoyed guns and marksmanship, and was a member of the NRA (National Rifle Association).

On June 08, 1994, he married Stacy Ann Sweeney at Riverside Park in Casper, Wyoming.  They later divorced.  On August 09, 2008, with their feet in the Carbon River, he married Tina Lee Stadig at Carbonado, Washington.  They also divorced.  While they were not to be husband and wife, they always remained friends.

Russell was the definition of an All-American boy.  He enjoyed fast cars, big trucks, and motorcycles. If it was made in America, and had tires, Russell was sure to love it.  

Always one to live life a little on the rowdy side, he was a die-hard Denver Broncos fan and loved the music of Pantera.   

An advocate of tattoos, he thought a person’s body should not be so much a temple as a billboard dedicated to life.  Following the Catholic faith tradition, completing Catechism in Jackson, Wyoming in 1987, Russell chose to find God’s presence in all of creation, as well as in Church.

Russell was preceded in death by his grandparents; and his mother, Leona Lewis, in 2010. He is survived by his Father William “Bill” Lewis of Colorado, daughters; Haly Marie (Preston) Lewis of California, Katey Lynn Lewis of Washington, and Abigail Ashlynn Leeanne Lewis of Montana; his son Tristan Alan Pantier of Laramie, Wyoming; and 1 granddaughter and 2 grandsons in Washington.  He is also survived by both his former spouses; his brothers, Glenn Lewis, Grant Lewis, and Quinn Lewis, all of Casper, Wyoming; his sister, Frances (Anthony) Johnson, also of Casper, Wyoming; and step siblings Zach Hutton, Ruth Hutton and Moriah (Andrew) Ala of all of Wyoming; 8 nephews, 4 nieces; 2 step daughters and 2 step sons from his marriage with Tina and countless cherished friends that, while not related by blood, Russell considered family.

Cremation has taken place in Butte.  Services will take place at a later date and will be announced by the Mortuary.  Duggan Dolan Mortuary has been entrusted with arrangements.

Donald “Donny” Lewis

Donald “Donny” Lewis: December 2, 1963 ~ February 12, 2021 (age 57)

Long-time Wyoming resident, Donny Lewis, passed away February 12, 2021 in Casper, Wyoming.

“Donny” was born as Donald Kenneth Lewis on December 2, 1963 in Gilroy, California to Phyllis and Wayne Lewis. The family moved back to Dubois in 1964.

He was active in sports in High School. He played basketball and football at Dubois High School for two years. He was also on the football team at Jackson High School for two years. He was a member of the Jackson Broncs state Championship team in 1981. He graduated from Jackson High School in 1982.

Donny worked mostly in construction, learning from his Uncle, Ken Moore, and his brother Bobby, while working for them. He later worked as an independent contractor, with a specialty in decorative wood, including making a decorative alter for his nephew’s outdoor wedding. The alter was later used as the newlyweds headboard for their bed.

Donny was an avid outdoorsman. He amassed a large collection of arrowheads during his hikes in the badlands and mountains around Dubois and other parts of Wyoming. He also made wind chimes and necklaces with the arrowheads and rocks he found.

Donny had an infectious sense of humor and enjoyed entertaining family and friends with his impersonations of celebrities and even friends he knew personally. His stable of impressions included the late Sean Connery as James Bond, Billy Bob Thornton as Carl in “Slingblade”, members of “The Simpsons”, Pee Wee Herman and many others.

Although Donny never had children, he had a wonderful way with children.

Donny was preceded in death by his grandparents, Jesse and Anne Moore, Perry and Effie “Dot” Lewis, his father Wayne Lewis, his brother, Bobby Lewis and Perry “Skeeter” Lewis, his sister, Debbie Hall and his stepfather Murray Shattuck.

He is survived by his mother Phyllis Shattuck, his sisters, DeLaine Lewis Sacco (Freddie), Linda Hancock (Moose), Michelle Conley, LeeAnn Dinnell (Tracy), his brothers, Rusty Bradshaw (Jeannie), Steve Lewis (Mary), Wayne “Rusty” Lewis, Murray Shattuck Jr. (Lisa), Patrick Shattuck (Connie), and Daniel Lewis. As well as many nieces and nephews and their children. And finally his beloved Dachshunds, Oscar and Lunky.

A celebration of life for Donny will be conducted at a later date.

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