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Obituaries: Ewers, Finley, Conklin, Apostolos

Robert James Ewers

CASPER, Wyo. –

Robert James Ewers: 1945 – 2021

On Monday, February 15, 2021, Robert James Ewers, loving husband and father of two children and six grandchildren passed away at the age of 75 in Friday Harbor, Washington.

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Robert was born June 23, 1945, the third of four children to Lois and Robert James Ewers, in LaGrande, Oregon. He grew up in Lander, Wyoming, where he met Tana Allred as a teenager. They married, and stayed married for 56 years until his death. They raised a daughter and a son, Keesha and Chris.

Rob was a delighted and passionate photographer, woodworker, nurse, dancer, baker, jokester, volunteer, and antagonist of authority. An extroverted introvert, he was easy to locate in a crowd from the laughter of those around him. He constantly reached out to lift people from their troubles and to teach some of his fantastic skills if they showed an interest. With a wit so quick, it was easy to miss how unimpressed he was by his own intellect. It is impossible to miss the gratitude generated by his essential kindness.

Rob was preceded in death by his mother and father, Lois and Robert James Ewers, Sr.

He is survived by his wife, Tana Ewers; his two children, Keesha and Chris Ewers; his sisters, Susan Meredith, Julie Twomey, and Nyd Kraushaar; his grandchildren, Cameron, Collin, Kendyl, and Regan Morris and Alec and Petra Ewers; and his cousin Janet Schrankler.

A private memorial was held on Sunday, February 21, 2021 in Friday Harbor, Washington. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Friday Harbor Food Bank and the Joyce L. Sobel Family Resource Center, also in Friday Harbor.

Iris Irene Finley

Iris Irene Finley: 1942 – 2021

Iris Irene Finley passed away on February 15, 2021, in Casper, Wyoming.

She was born May 26, 1942 in Hot Springs, South Dakota. Married to Thomas J. Finley on April 19, 2002 in Casper, Wyoming.

She was preceded in death by her Mother, Grace Paris Graham and Father, Clyde Graham; Sisters, Luella “Susie” Ludington, and Bonnie Rogers; Brothers, William “Bill” Graham, Marcus “Bob” Graham, Bevin Graham; and Son, Gregory Allen Carlson.

She is survived by her Sister, Denise Richardson; Children, Debbie Eutsler and Husband Larry (Wyoming), Rex Carlson and Wife Lorry (Colorado), Lee Carlson (Colorado), Dixie Sanders (Colorado), Wayne Carlson (Wyoming), Cindy Walters and Husband Doug (Wyoming), Teresa Carlson (Colorado), Tami Beich (Montana). As well as 17 Grandchildren and 10 Great-Grandchildren, and 1 Great-Great-Grandchild.

June of 2020 Iris took residence at Casper Mountain Rehabilitation Care Center until she passed away on February 15, 2021 to be with the Lord.

Orrin L. Conklin

Orrin L. Conklin: 1942 – 2021

Orrin LeVerne Conklin was born April 21, 1942, to Reverend & Mrs. Claude L. Conklin, in Huron, South Dakota. He was the second of four boys, growing up in a pastor’s home. The family lived and ministered in several different places throughout Montana and South Dakota. He graduated from high school in Sioux Falls, class of 1960.

He attended college for one year at North Central Bible College in Minneapolis, Minnesota where he met the girl that would capture his heart, Marjean. They spent a lot of time together with a group of friends, and developed a friendship over the years.

After his time at North Central Bible College, and then Sioux Falls College, he enlisted in the Army Reserves. Orrin completed his basic training at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, and finished his six-year commitment in the reserves. To know Orrin is to know that he loved God, his wife and family, and his country. He considered it an honor to serve his country.

Orrin and Marjean married on June 4, 1966. In the early years of their marriage, Orrin worked as a natural gas pipeline inspector. This line of work required they travel from job to job, so they purchased a travel trailer. They welcomed a daughter, Carrie, and a son, Kelly, into their family. As the kids grew and began school, Orrin and Marjean decided to make a career change. They wanted to own some land and put down roots. In April 1980, they purchased a little country general store in Marion, Montana. The store was sold in 1986, and the family moved to Kalispell, Montana.

Church was very important to the Conklin family, and they found a church home at Kalispell Christian Center upon their arrival in Montana. Orrin worked construction for a period of time after the store was sold, and the job on which he worked was to build the current location of what is now known as Canvas Church. The family was very active in the church, and Orrin served as an usher, a board member, the Royal Rangers Senior Commander, and served on the building committee. He was also able to take several missions trips to Senegal, Africa.

After the construction project was finished, Orrin returned to pipelining, and traveled for work. The family in Kalispell so that Carrie and Kelly could finish out their schooling with stability. Orrin would make long road trips back to be with the family as often as he could. After Kelly graduated high school in 1993, Orrin and Marjean moved to Casper, Wyoming – a more central location for work.

Orrin will be most remembered for his faith, kindness toward all, compassion and love. He lived his life in such a way that Jesus’ love shone through to all whose path he crossed.

Orrin is preceded in death by parents Claude and Genevieve Conklin, brother Dean Conklin, sister-in-law Marlene Jacobsen, niece Kathy Boyd, and great-niece Karissa Bates, along with several aunts and uncles. He is survived by his loving bride Marjean, and two children, Carrie (Steve) Whitney of Olive Branch, MS and Kelly (Heidi) Conklin of Kalispell, MT; three grandchildren – Selah Grace, Jantzen Orrin, and Aliyah Joy of Kalispell, MT; two brothers, Morris (Jackie) Conklin of Bismarck, ND, and Kevin (Twila) Conklin of Sergeant Bluff, IA; and numerous nieces and nephews: Kaye Bates, Blane Conklin, Grant Conklin, Mason Conklin, Carter Conklin, Caleb Conklin, Zachary Conklin, Tiffany Mead, and Tasha Conklin.

Donations and memorials in honor of Orrin Conklin, in lieu of flowers, may be made to the Glacier Bible Camp by mail: c/o Montana Ministry Network, 2147 Overland Ave, Suite 100, Billings, Montana 59102, or online at:

Karen Ann Apostolos

Karen Ann Apostolos: 1946 – 2021

Karen Ann Apostolos passed away at the age of 74 on Friday, February 19, 2021 at Central Wyoming Hospice. She was born in Lusk, Wyoming on September 28, 1946 to Herman E. and Virginia Mae(Vawser) Cox. She went through school in Casper and took business and accounting at Casper College. She graduated from Realtors Institute of Wyoming and sold real estate for many years. She also worked for KTWO-TV and Wold Oil and Gas.

Karen married George M. Apostolos, September 22, 1988 in Athens, Greece.

She was one of the original board members of the Boys Club of Wyoming Board of Directors, A member of the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary, Beta Sigma Phi, RSVP Volunteer Reader, and the Casper Water Ski Club, and a very grateful member of AL Anon.

She enjoyed traveling with her husband, charity work, helping others anonymously and playing her guitar. Karen especially liked reading with 2nd graders and spending time with her dogs.

She is survived by her son Benjamin Griffith of Casper, WY, stepsons Michael Apostolos of Phoenix, AZ, Scott Iserman of Las Vegas, NV, grandsons Tyler(Alix)Harris of Grand Junction, CO, Austin Stevens of Rock Springs, WY, and granddaughter Hannah Stevens of Rock Springs, WY.

She is preceded in death by both parents, her first husband Dr. Bill R. Iserman, a daughter Tammie Stevens, a sister Carol Cox Kent, and her loving husband George M. Apostolos who are now reunited again in Heaven.

A visitation for family and friends will be held at Newcomer Cremations, Funerals & Receptions of Casper on Thursday, February 25, 2021 from 4:00PM till 6:00PM with a Trisigion prayer service starting at 6:00PM, officiating the service will be Rev. Fr. Stephen Ziton of Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church of Casper.

A Celebration of Life funeral service for Karen Ann Apostolos, will be held at 11:00AM, Friday February 26,2021 at Newcomer Cremations, Funerals & Receptions of Casper., Burial will be private at Oregon Trail State Veterans Cemetery in Evansville, WY.

Memorial Donations in Karen Apostolos name should be made to Central Wyoming Hospice, 319 S Wilson St, Casper, WY 82601.