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Obituaries: Bournes, Aeschliman

Benjamin “Ben” Franklin Bournes

CASPER, Wyo. –

Benjamin “Ben” Franklin Bournes: July 28, 1995 ~ May 8, 2021 (age 25)

Benjamin Franklin Bournes III was born alongside his twin brother Jerry Delaine Bournes III on July 28th 1995 in Salt Lake City Utah to their loving mother Rene Mabbitt. Although Ben was born in Utah, he lived and called Casper his home. 

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Benjamin loved riding on his Harley, driving semi, spending time with his friends and family, and most importantly being a father. Ben was the kind of person who could easily make light in any situations; his goofy and bubbly personality could always make everyone and anyone smile. Ben always wanted to have fun and he was always on the go. Ben was not only the best dad, but uncle and cousin in every way, every single child that he came across loved him. His brother Jerry was his built in best friend from child birth to adulthood, the Bournes brothers, and everyone knew it. And one thing is for certain, Ben would do anything to protect and be there for the people that he loves. 

Benjamin is proceeded in death by, Troy Mabbitt (Pops), Joey Geelan (his best friend) and Grandparents. 

Benjamin was survived by his Mother Rene Mabbitt, Father Vern Yarbrough, Brother Jerry Bournes his girlfriend Ali and their children Rozalina and Divine Bournes, step brothers little Vern & Riley Eitel, sister Crystal, son Roman King Bournes, his soulmate Taylor Olson, uncles and aunts- Jason &Jennifer Johansen, Kevin Johansen & Cassandra, Ted & April Johansen, Curtis Keck& Chris Lemon. Grandmother Carla Winkworth. Along side many cousins, and nieces and nephews who he deeply loved and adored.  And hundreds of friends that Benjamin called family along the way. 

 Visiting services for Benjamin will be held at Bustard’s Funeral home on Friday, May 14th from 2pm-4pm. 

Arrangements are entrusted to Bustard & Jacoby Funeral Home, 600 CY Ave. Casper, WY 82601.


Kathryn “Kathy” Ann Aeschliman: February 21, 1953 ~ May 4, 2021 (age 68)

Kathy Aeschliman (68) passed away peacefully at her home on May 4th, 2021.  She was born on Feb. 21, 1953, in Washington D.C. to Leonard and Kay Aeschliman, the youngest of three daughters.  The family relocated to Lincoln, Nebraska, later that same year.  The family moved to Casper in August of 1959 when her Dad accepted a job with the state as a Court Reporter for the District Court.

She graduated from Kelly Walsh High School in 1971 and attended Casper College.  She held various jobs before accepting a position with the Wyoming Highway Dept  in 1978 as a Communications Technician where she worked for over 20 years before retiring in 2001 due to health issues.

She was a cancer survivor for more than 20 years. She showed great strength, resilience, and courage as she faced many health struggles with very little complaining. Some people said she was the “Kat with nine lives!” She was a fighter till the end.

She enjoyed researching her family’s genealogy which became a life long passion.  When she wasn’t examining the family genealogy she loved fishing for trout on the North Platte River with friends and family. She also enjoyed watching different sporting events.  She loved watching her beloved Denver Broncos and of course John Elway. She avidly “played the horses” with her sister, Carole.

She was proceeded in death by both parents and her sister Carole. She is survived by her sister, Mary Evans (Doug) and her niece Amy Aeschliman of Casper.  She is also  survived by her niece Christa Hudalla (Billy) of Athens, GA and her nephew Jeff Hinton (Erin) of Sheridan WY, along with four great nieces and four great nephews, and her beloved dog Delilah. She embraced her role as Aunt and Great Aunt and was very active in all of their lives.  She was extremely close to her two great nephews, Spencer and Elliot Aeschliman.

She had a kind, loving and generous spirit.  She fought the good fight, she finished the race, she kept the faith and now is at peace.  She will be missed. A service will be held at a later time this summer. In lieu of flowers the family requests memorials to the Casper Humane Society, at 849 E. E Street, Casper, WY 82601.

Arrangements are entrusted to the care of Bustard & Jacoby Funeral Home, 600 CY Avenue, Casper, WY 82601.