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Obituaries: Mertz, Sehlmeyer, Maxwell, Ake

Mary Alice Mertz

Mary Alice Mertz: 1941 – 2021

Mary Alice Mertz went to meet Jesus on July 12, 2021.

She was reunited with family members as well as her beloved dogs Muffy and Ziggy.

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Mary was born to Raymond and Ida Knill on December 20, 1941 in Rock Springs, WY.

Mary worked for the State of Wyoming, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation for 25 years before retiring in 2013. During her years with the State, Mary was very involved in the political arena, helping several candidates with their campaigns.

Mary was also very involved with Highland Park Community Church. She loved Jesus with all her heart.

Mary decided retirement was not for her. Consequently, she went to work as an office/billing manager at the Healing Place Counseling Ministry at Highland Park Community Church.

She worked daily and passionately until she became ill and was diagnosed with ovarian cancer two weeks before she moved to Heaven. She will be greatly missed.

Mary and Jim Boreing were married in 1962. The couple later divorced.

Mary was blessed with two sons, Corey and Brett Boreing. They were the light of her life. However, her grandchildren were her shining stars: Cade, Sutton, Kristopher, Brooklyn, Bella, and Brielle.

Mary met David Mertz in 1998 and they married in 2001. They were blessed with 20 years together before her passing.

Mary is survived by her husband, sons, grandchildren and sister Nancy Pratt.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents as well as her sisters Zella and Ruth.

A memorial service will be held at Highland Park Community Church on July 31 at 11:00 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, Mary requests donations be made to Central Wyoming Hospice, the Casper Humane Society, or the American Cancer Society.


Peter August Sehlmeyer

Peter August Sehlmeyer: 1947 – 2021

Peter August Sehlmeyer, 73, of Tensleep, WY passed away July 9, 2021 in Casper, WY. 

Pete was born September 28, 1947 in Iowa City, Iowa, the firstborn and only son of Ernst and Jean Sehlmeyer. The family moved to Rochester, New York and then to Northern California, during which time the family grew by three (Claire, Barbie, and Kris). 

Pete graduated from Homestead High School in Cupertino, CA in 1965. He proudly served for the USMC and Army.  

In 1980, Pete married Phyllis Sehlmeyer and had three children: Nicole, Michael, and Julie.

He began his career in teaching in the ‘90s and was the swimming and water polo coach at San Gorgonio High School in San Bernardino, CA. He held a Master of Arts in Education from California State University San Bernardino.

In 1997, he moved to Casper, Wyoming and taught at Roosevelt High School and Centennial Junior High.

Pete retired from teaching in 2014 and went on “vacation for the rest of his life,” in the home he built for himself and his children in Tensleep, WY. 

During his life, Pete enjoyed spending time with his family, woodworking, camping, old western movies (John Wayne), American/Civil War history, swimming, and surfing.

Pete is survived by his children, Nicole (Jeff) Schoux, Michael (Brittani) Sehlmeyer, and Julie Sehlmeyer; mother, Jean Sehlmeyer; sisters, Claire (Barry) Venn, Barb (Jim) Buyske, and Kris (Lynn) Graves; grandchildren, Taylor, Kendall, Colton, Victoria, Turner, Silas, and Gideon; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his father, Ernie “Pop” Sehlmeyer.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Marine Toys for Tots, of which Pete was a supporter since 2008.

“Courage is being scared to death and saddling up anyway. Oorah and yippee ki yeah!”


Scott Allan Maxwell

Scott Allan Maxwell: 1964 – 2021

Scott Maxwell Passed away July 19, 2021 in Casper, WY.  

Scott was born April 9, 1964 here in Casper, where he resided his whole life.

Scott was an avid follower of all sports, football being his favorite. 

He loved going to the races, listening to classic rock, and all animals. What he loved the most, though, was spending time with family and friends.

He is preceded in death by his mother Marilyn, brother Ricky and sister Sherry.

Scott is survived by his father Frank, brothers Pete and George, daughters Kristen and Jamie, and three granddaughters, one grandson and many nieces, nephews and cousins. 

A viewing will be held on Tuesday, July 27 from 4 – 6 p.m. at Bustard & Jacoby Funeral Home. Services will be held on Wednesday, July 28 at 10:00 a.m. at Bustard & Jacoby Funeral Home.


John W. Ake

John W. Ake: 1931 – 2021

John W. Ake celebrated his 90th birthday with four generations of family and dearest friends one month before his passing on July 20, 2021. 

 Ake spent nearly 40 years in Casper, WY, where he made a home with his wife Alice Dunlap Ake, who preceded him in death.  

He is survived by his children, J. David Ake (Kelly) and Kathy Ake (John). He was a grandfather to Serena (Kelli) and Gabrielle.

He was devoted to Alice’s children, Charles, Scott (Bev) and Carla (Chet); and grandchildren, Holly, Amanda, Angela, Willy, and Jeff. Beloved great-grandfather and uncle.

He was previously married to Mary W. Ake.

Ake was an electrical engineer at Behrent Engineering in Denver, Colorado and later an independent consulting electrical engineer.  

His passion for rock hounding and faceting gemstones was an interest that went on for decades. He was a founding member of the Littleton Gem and Mineral Club in 1960.  

His talent for craftsmanship extended to fine woodworking.

Ake was an officer in the United States Army Signal Corps and graduate of the Carnegie Institute of Technology.  

His parents, Walter and Ester, and older sister, Richardine, preceded him in death.

He was born in Portland, Oregon in 1931.

Services will be held at Newcomer Funeral Home, located at 710 East Second St., Casper, Wyoming on August 14, 2021 at 1:00 p.m.