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Obituaries: Boecken, Davis, Stewart, Hurley

Mary Alice Boecken

CASPER, Wyo. –

Mary Alice Boecken: April 17, 1954 ~ May 16, 2021 (age 67)

Mary Alice boecken was called home to be with her lord on may 16th 2021 rather unexpectedly. She was born in Gillette Wyoming April 17 1954 to Wayne and Leah morgort. They moved to Shoshoni when she was little where she graduated in 1973. She was an extremely hard worker, her many jobs included waitressing, driving bus for troopers and coach USA. Her passion was volunteering for the American Red Cross for over 30 years until she moved to hiland Wyoming and worked for the bright spot where she owned and operated until her passing.

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She is servived by her daughters Stacy and Eva, 7 grandchildren Kayla, Donnie, kaity, zakary, Jason, Brookelyn and quintin and her 7 great grandchildren Norah, fern, jakson, Luke, henley Kaziah and bayze. Her brothers Wayne and Richard and her sister Cherri. She was preceded in death by her husband gene her parents and brother Melvin morgart.

Mary lived a life devoted to God, her children and grandchildren


Lenora A. Davis

Lenora A. Davis, 84, of Evansville, Wyoming passed away Friday, May 21, 2021 at her home surrounded by her loving family. She was born on September 18, 1936 in Evansville, Wyoming to Robert and Mabel Casebolt. She was the baby of seven children.

She attended Natrona County High School and married, Gerald “Jerry” Davis before he left to serve the remainder of his time in the Navy during the Korean Conflict. Together they raised four children, Gary, Vickie, Dee, and Elaine.

Lenora worked for over 30 years at K-Mart and retired as their Office Manager.

Lenora loved fishing, gardening, horses, hunting, crafting, rock hunting but most of all spending time with her children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her parents; all of her siblings; her husband of 45 years, Gerald Davis; and her grandson, Brent Davis.

She is survived by her son, Gary (Lori) Davis; daughters, Vickie (Chuck) Mathews, Dee (Ray) Lowry, Elaine (James) Thompson; numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.

A Celebration of life will be held this summer.

Donations may be made to the charity of your choice in Lenora’s name.


Stephen Stewart: 1945 – 2021

On Thursday, May 20, 2021 Stephen James Stewart passed away at the age of 75 in a car accident.

Steve was born on August 23, 1945, to Robert G. and Mary Stewart in Casper, Wyoming. Steve attended St. Anthony’s School and Natrona County High School, graduating in 1963. He joined the Air Force in 1965 and served in Turkey, Germany, and Japan. In 1968 he married Donna Stevenson, his high school sweetheart. Together they had a son, Ryan. In 1978 he married Susan Stewart, a childhood friend.

In 1968 Steve joined his father and brother in ownership of the House of Stewart, an interior design and furniture store for the next 35 years. Upon the store’s closing in 2003, he worked for Mossholder Furniture for a few years before retiring.

Steve’s favorite class growing up was always recess. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, camping, and restoring cars. At the time of his death, he was restoring his uncles 1932 Auburn.

Steve and his brother-in-law Steve Galley were especially close and enjoyed many outdoor activities together. They had just enjoyed a few days of camping and fishing and were both headed back home when the accident occurred.

Steve was preceded in death by his father and mother. He was also preceded in death by his first wife, Donna, in 1975, and his second wife, Sue in 2014. He is survived by his son, Ryan; Siblings, Gregg Stewart and Mary Sue Simpson; several cousins, nieces and nephews and a special friend, Barbara Haigler. A funeral Service will be hold on Tuesday, June 1, 2021 at 10:00 am at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church in Casper. The family asks that donations be made in Steve’s name to St. Anthony’s Tri-Parish School or the donor’s choice. Arrangements are being handled by Newcomer Funeral Home.


G.William “Bill” Hurley: 1929 – 2021

G. William “Bill” Hurley, age 91, died peacefully at his home on May 23, 2021.

The oldest of three boys, Bill was born May 28, 1929 in Huntingdon, PA to David and Helen Hurley. Growing up in a log cabin, Bill and his brothers spent their childhood fishing, trapping, and enjoying the outdoors.
Always practical, Bill enlisted in the Army at age 17 with 75 cents in his pocket and the end goal of the G.I. Bill. While in the Army, Bill served in the Army Corps of Engineers’ mapping division in Panama. This assignment ignited his passion for geology. After separation of service in 1949, Bill attended the University of California at Los Angeles, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Geology. While attending college, Bill married Lillian Hoffmaster and had one daughter, Gale Hurley of Seattle, WA. Lillian and Bill were later divorced.

After graduation, Bill was hired by Amoco Oil and spent the next 12 years in Casper, Denver, and Oklahoma, where he was the Assistant to the Director of Oil Exploration for Western United States and Canada. He resigned from Amoco in 1968 to accept the position of Western Division Manager of Exploration for Stonehenge Oil Company, and in 1969 joined Continental Energy Corporation as Exploration Manager until 1972. Bill began his own oil company, Hurley Oil Properties, in the 1970s.

Bill was instrumental in the discovery of the Madden Gas Field in Natrona County and North Sage Spring Creek oil field in Natrona County. Bill loved his work and was active until the end.

In 1992, Bill married Laurel Zakovich. They spent the next 29 years traveling, as well as enjoying their Casper home and their pets.

Bill also enjoyed fishing and hunting with his friends. More recently, Bill developed a love for ranching and farming, and acquired a small cattle and hay operation west of Casper. His hay won several awards, including first place in the Commercial Hay category at the World Dairy Expo.

Bill is survived by his wife of 29 years Laurel Hurley, daughter Gale Hurley of Seattle, Brother Robert Hurley of Watsonville California, as well as his stepchildren Gale (Rick) Taylor and Paul Zakovich of Denver and their 4 children and 10 grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother Wesley.

A memorial service and celebration of life will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, May 28, 2021, at the Tate Pump House.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the Visiting Angels caregivers Rachelle, Joy, Jazmin, and Sheila.