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Obituaries: Sullivan, Harrington, Gray

Martin L. Sullivan

CASPER, Wyo. –

Martin L. Sullivan: January 25, 1930 ~ March 9, 2021 (age 91)

Martin L. Sullivan was born January 25, 1930 in Cheyenne, Wyoming and returned to heaven 91 years later on March 9, 2021 in Casper, Wyoming. He moved to Casper as a young child and made it his home for most of the next 85 years.

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The luck of the Irish was with him when he met and married the love of his life Joyce Sherry on September 29, 1956. Three daughters and 50 years of loving, living, and adventure, blessed their lives together. Family was the most important thing in his life, and he treasured every moment with them. He always welcomed extended family and dogs who he thought were just humans with four legs. In your second life, you should all want to come back as a Sullivan Dog!!

Life was one big adventure for our wild Irishman. Give him something with a throttle (and maybe a brake) and off he would go. Fast cars, boats and snowmobiles were his passion. He was always ready to take another 1/8 of an inch off to make it go faster. Speeding down a back road, chine walking across a lake or winning a snowmobile race ignited his soul. Traveling in his motorhomes, boats or flying to new destinations with his family was his way of life. For 50 years Joyce was always by his side in what every adventure they could come up with.

After Joyce’s passing, he met his second love, Jane Freel. For 13 years they continued his adventures. Wintering in Arizona, they enjoyed golf, hiking, and running the razor through the desert with their two dogs along for the ride. Card games with Jane, Bertha, and Don Knobel, became a weekly get together which he enjoyed.

Martin was an avid reader throughout his life. Reading books, tech manuals or magazines he always wanted to learn more. He loved to read about history, especially Wyoming and military, and world events. He loved dancing using the whole floor, singing questionably worded ballads and downhill skiing. He was a graduate of Natrona County High School.

Serving his family, country and community was his calling. He served in the US Army, Sixth Army, during the Korean War as a mechanic and infantryman being awarded several individual and unit awards. On his return to Casper after his discharge he began his service as a Casper Fire fighter for 20 plus years retiring as a Captain. It was here he met his lifelong friends, the dinosaur club. He enjoyed getting together every Tuesday for lunch with them and many trips and adventures together.

He was a master boat and snowmobile mechanic first at Bundy’s Marine then for his family at Casper Outboard Motor Service. The request, “Make it go faster Daddy” was heard over many a lake and mountain top.

Martin, or Monk as many called him, will long be remembered for his sayings and songs. Many of which would get the sharp reprimand from Joyce of “MARTIN L.” He forever had a smile and mischievous glint in his eye. He truly was a man of distinction.

He was the best husband, father, grandfather and friend. Loving and living to the maximum. Our lives were rich because of him.

Proceeded in death by his wife of 50 years, Joyce; his parents; and sister, Joan Bennet.

He is survived by his three daughters, Sherry (Kenny) Volker of Casper, Mary (Bob) Bolton of Vail, CO, and Jean (Monte) McNamee of Casper; grandchildren, Kenny (Julie) Volker, Rachel (Luke) Zimmermann, Cody (Kylie) Wyatt, Travis (Anna) Wyatt, Adrian McNamee, and Nick (Stevie) McNamee; great-grandchildren, Blake, Walker, Emillia Joyce, Austin, Emersyn, Lincoln, Charlotte, Skylar, and Aiden; his longtime companion, Jane Freel and their pups, Frisky and Sadie; extended family, Devin, Cindy, Christian, and Ava Garvin.

Donations in lieu of flowers to the Casper Humane Society, the Casper Firefighters Pipes and Drums, or Natrona County Library, would be appreciated by the family. Anyone wishing to bring donations of books, to the reception are welcome.

Services will be Friday, March 19, 2021, 1:00 PM at the Oregon Trail Veterans Cemetery Chapel.

Arrangements are entrusted to Bustard & Jacoby Funeral Home, 600 CY Avenue, Casper, Wyoming 82601.

James Donavon Harrington

James D Harrington: 1937 – 2021

James Donavon Harrington, 83 of Casper, died on Monday, March 8, 2021 in Casper, Wyoming. He was born June 17, 1937 in Yoder, Wyoming.

James was proceeded in death by his wife, Betty Ruth Harrington and many other relatives, he is survioved by many more… both groups are far too long to list.

James loved dachshunds, collecting state quarters and watching western movies. He was also quite fond of fishing and barbecues.

He served in the United States Navy when he was young. He then worked as a heavy equipment operator for most of his adult life.

There will be a military service held at 1:00 PM on Thursday, March 25, 2021 at the Oregon Trail State Veteran’s Cemetery in Evansville, Wyoming.

He was well loved and will be missed! 

Walter E. Gray

Walter E. Gray: 1938 – 2021

Walter E. Gray passed away at Wyoming Medical Center surrounded by family.

Born in Sheridan, WY, Walter married his high school sweetheart, Mollie Urmson, on September 6, 1958.

He earned a teaching degree and he and Mollie moved to Dayton, WY, to make it their home while he taught math and science and coached football for Tongue River High School. He loved his job, his students, his players, but most importantly his family. He influenced the lives of so many and he will be greatly missed. 

He is survived by his wife Mollie, his daughters: Susan Sharkey (Don), Robin Gray Dockery and Lisa Gray. He loved his grandchildren: Jacilyn Beth (Dockery) Garrison, Kristopher Dockery, Tanner Dockery, Lane Dockery, Dylan Sharkey, Emily Sharkey and Zoe Gray. He adored his great-grandchildren: Alexis Garrison, Jordan Garrison, William Garrison, Brice Walter Garrison and Skylar Dockery. 

A celebration of life will be held later in the spring/early summer to commemorate the achievements of this wonderful man.