CASPER, Wyo. –
Jerry Del Nielsen: 1953 – 2021
Jerry Del Nielsen was born June 15, 1953 in Belle Fourche, South Dakota.
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He peacefully passed away December 16, 2020 at the Wyoming Medical Center.
Jerry enjoyed living and working on the family’s ranch near Alva, Wyoming. He graduated from Hulette High School in 1971, where he was a star basketball player.
He married Virginia (Jones) Nielsen in 1975. They divorced 25 years later. Shortly after getting married, Virginia and Jerry moved to Casper, making it their home.
Jerry became a father when his daughter Bethanie was born in 1982, followed by his son Corey in 1984.
He worked at WOTCO as a welder for 25 years. He later received his CDL license and worked at McMurry RediMix until he retired in 2019.
Jerry was an avid outdoorsman and hunter. He was at peace and happiest when he was in the wilderness. Whether Jerry was fishing, backpacking, hunting or hiking, he was in his element outdoors. One of his favorite pastimes was driving down country roads, listening to Patsy Cline or Willie Nelson, just to see where the road went.
Jerry took pride in his collection of antlers fishing poles,and unusual rocks. Often, you could find him next to a campfire with his trusted hunting dog.
Jerry is survived by his daughter Bethanie Nielsen and his son Corey Nielsen. Granddaughters Adalynn Boyles and Sophia Nielsen. His mother Betty Nielsen (Alva, Wyoming), sister Bonnie Anderson (Powell, Wyoming), brothers Marvin Nielsen (Alva, Wyoming),Leslie Sherrard (Alva,Wyoming), and George Sherrard (Sioux Falls, South Dakota). Plus numerous nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his father Eldon Nielsen and his brother Vernon Nielsen.
A celebration of life will be held in Hulette, Wyoming at a later date. Meanwhile, his ashes are being scattered throughout Wyoming at some of his favorite places by his children and granddaughters.
In lieu of flowers, friends and family are encouraged to make a donation in his honor to the Casper 12/24 Club.
Lester Gordon Obert Jr.: 1935 – 2021
Lester G. Obert Jr. is finally at peace after his long battle with Parkinson’s disease with Lewy Body dementia. He passed away April 18th, 2021.
Les was a husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. He held three college degrees, was a college professor, pilot, sheriff’s deputy, judge, historian, veteran, tour bus driver, and rebuilt three vastly different types of vehicles. He loved a good western book and loved learning. Les could always be found with a book close to his side, generally a mystery or a western.
Les was born to Lester and Jessie (Meyenfeldt) Obert November 28th, 1935 at his grandmother’s house in North Casper. He graduated from Natrona County High School in 1954. He enlisted in the United States Navy in 1955 and served until 1959. He returned to Casper and went to work as a police officer for the Casper Police Department. During this time, he also attended and graduated from Casper College, he then went to Provo, Utah to attend Brigham Young University, graduating in 1970 with a Master’s Degree in Sociology.
After graduation, he served on the Wyoming Governor’s Planning Committee on Criminal Administration in Cheyenne. He returned to Casper to teach at Casper College as an Associate Professor of Criminal Justice and Sociology. He also began serving on the Natrona County Sheriff’s Department as an evening deputy. This led to him also becoming a Judge for the Town of Bar Nunn.
While serving as a Sheriff’s Deputy his skills were heavily used as a pilot, especially for fire watch and searches. His love of flight led him to restore a Piper Cub.
Teaching became his great passion, and he even began the Criminal Justice Club at Casper College. Les retired from Casper College in 1995 after teaching there for 25 years. To this day, alumni and staff at Casper College remember him. You could always tell how someone knew Les, if he was Judge Obert or Officer Obert, it was from law enforcement, if it was Les it was from the college.
One of Les’ other loves was history. He researched and taught others the history of places and events from Wyoming to Alaska. Right after retirement, he restored a 1950 Mercury coup which he then went on to enter and even win many awards at car shows around the country.
Les and Donna’s passion together was travel. They converted a Greyhound Bus into a motorhome for their adventures. After he retired, he combined his loves of learning and travel and dove headfirst into genealogy. His searches led him from coast to coast and all places in between, as this was long before the internet.
Lester met Betty (Fox) in 1959, they were married in 1960. Les and Betty were blessed with three daughters Faith Erin, Alicia Dawn and Angela Lesley.
He later met and married Donna (Carter) in June of 1980 and gained a fourth daughter, Jody .He was preceded in death by his parents Lester Sr. and Jessie Obert and one great grandson. He is survived by his wife Donna, daughters Erin Robinett, Alicia Hickson, Angela (John) Young, Jody (Shane) Mooney, 7 granddaughters and one grandson and 13 great grandchildren.
The Family would like to thank the wonderful staff at Shepard of the Valley for the care and love that not only Les, but the entire family, was given while he was in their care.