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Obituaries: Stanley, Mock, Sullivan

Michael D. Stanley

Michael D. Stanley: September 16, 1999 ~ March 24, 2021 (age 21)

Michael Donald Stanley of Casper, WY passed away suddenly on March 24, 2021 at the age of 21 in Rapid City, SD.

Michael was born September 16, 1999 in Casper, WY to Ralph and Susan Stanley.

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Michael graduated from Natrona County High School in 2018 and from Casper College in 2020 with Associate Degrees in Engineering and Mathematics.  He was attending South Dakota School of Mines and Technology pursuing a degree in Mechanical Engineering at the time of his passing.

Michael was an Eagle Scout and was very active in his church, Our Saviour’s Lutheran, acting as Assisting Minister, singing in the choir, playing in the hand bell choir, and helping with the monthly food distribution.

Michael had an active mind and a quick wit and could teach himself almost anything by watching a YouTube video.  He taught himself lock picking, clock repair, how to play the mandolin, and how to solve a Rubik’s Cube in under 25 seconds.  He loved animals of all kinds, music, metal working, and The Golden Girls.

Michael was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Don and Julie Gray, and his paternal grandfather, Carl Stanley.  He is survived by his parents, brother Gabriel, paternal grandmother, Virginia Stanley and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins, all of whom love him dearly.

Viewing will be at Bustard’s Funeral Home April 9th from 5:00 to 7:00.  Services will be held at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church April 12th at 10:30 with a graveside service at Highland Park Cemetery to follow.

Donations can be sent in Michael’s name to Mercer Family Resources, suicide task force, 535 W. Yellowstone Casper WY, 82601 or the Phoenix Ringers hand bell choir in care of Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church 318 E. 6th Casper, WY 82601.

And if they ever lose the key to the Pearly Gates they don’t need to worry.  Michael can probably pick the lock.


Anthony James Eugene “”Bubba”” Mock

Anthony James Eugene “”Bubba”” Mock: 1997 – 2021

Anthony James Eugene Mock, age 24 of Casper, Wyoming passed away March 22, 2021

He was born to Twylla Egan & Paul Mock in Reno, Nevada on February 25th, 1997. Anthony received his GED at Coulter High in Worland, Wyoming.

Anthony was a very kind, very loving young man, He was very ambitious and courageous.
He had a passion for fast cars and motorcycles. Anthony was the muscle and the insanity of the family. He loved hard, deep and without limits. He was an amazing son, brother, uncle and friend. Anthony was a very giving person, He would drop everything to help anyone in need. Even if he just met you, He was a very hard working person and will forever live on in the hearts of everyone who knew and loved him. He touched many lives and many hearts.

Anthony is survived by his mother and stepfather Twylla & Wayne Egan, As well as his paternal father Paul Mock. Siblings: Joshua Egan (Bre Schwartz), Brooke Brown (William Rath), Kyle Mock of Casper, Wy. Nephews Caden Brown, Declan Rath, Tiernan Anthony John Rath.
Kian Oliver Egan. Niece: Ryelin Felicity Egan. As well as numerous Grand-parents, Aunts/ Uncles, siblings and family in Nevada. He is proceeded in death by numerous Grand-parents, Sister Arieanna Kathleen.

A viewing was held at Newcomer Cremation, Funerals and Receptions located at 710 East Second Street in Casper, from 12:00pm – 2:00pm on Saturday March 27th, 2021.


Dianna Lynn Sullivan

Dianna Lynn Sullivan: 1950 – 2021

Graveside funeral services for Dianna Sullivan, 70 year old Buffalo resident who passed away early Saturday morning at her home in Buffalo following a long  and courageous battle with cancer, will be held Friday, April 9th at 11:00 a.m. in Willow Grove Cemetery with Father Pete Johnson officiating.  

A vigil service will be held and the Rosary Recited on Thursday April 8th at 6:00 at the Harness Funeral Home Chapel in Buffalo.

Donations in Dianna’s memory may be made to the St. Joseph’s Children’s Home in Torrington in care of the Harness Funeral Home at 351 N. Adams in Buffalo. Online condolences may be made at www.harnessfuneralhome.com 

Dianna Lynn Sullivan was born December 10, 1950 in Casper, Wyoming to John and Cleda Bennett. She went to school in Casper and also the St. Joseph Children’s Home in Torrington an agency of social ministry in the Catholic tradition.  

She lived with her sister in Buffalo for a few years and attended Johnson County High School.  She returned to Casper to live with her father and attended Kelly Walsh High School where she graduated with the class of 1969.  

She was married on July 12, 1969 in Buffalo at St. John The Baptist Catholic Church to Michel Sullivan.  Mike joined the U.S. Marines in 1968 and got orders to serve in Vietnam in August of 1969 and at that time Dianna attended Casper College and studied nursing, receiving her LPN License in 1971.   

When Mike returned from Vietnam she joined him in California where Mike completed his military commitment. Following his discharge in May of 1972 they returned to Buffalo and Dianna took a job with the Johnson County Hospital where she worked for three years.

In 1976 they started a family with the birth of their first son Scott and Dianna then took a job nursing at the Veteran’s Home of Wyoming. Their second son Shawn was born in the Fall of 1978 and Dianna continued working at the Veteran’s Home where she worked for over 30 years retiring in 2008.

In her retirement she worked as a cook in the school lunch program for School District #1.  She then took a job at the Buffalo Children’s Center where she intended to take care of the infants.  She was, instead put with the toddlers and her employment there lasted four hours. Later that afternoon she applied for a position as a cook at the Johnson County Criminal Justice Center, an “adult” day care that better suited her skill set.  One inmate told her “this is the best jail food in the State of Wyoming. Trust me I know.” Dianna completely retired in 2011 and she and Mike continued living in Buffalo until her death.

Dianna loved cooking for and spending time with her family.   

She was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church where she was a very devoted member.  

She was an avid reader and loved reading mystery novels especially C.J. Box. She was an animal lover and enjoyed many years with her beloved dogs.

She is survived by her husband Mike Sullivan of Buffalo; two sons, Shawn Sullivan and his wife Brandi of Buffalo and Scott Sullivan of Parker, Colorado; two brothers, John Bennett and his wife Nimfa and Pat Bennett all of Casper; one sister Joan Eshelman also of Casper; and four grandchildren, Payton and Sawyer Sullivan of Buffalo, Blake Sullivan also of Parker and Christen Nieman of Galt, California.  

She was preceded in death by her parents, one sister Connie Jones, and three brothers, Jimmy, Michael, and Frank Bennett.