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Obituaries: Kirk, Crimm, Tripp, Helton

Rocky Namun Kirk

Rocky Namun Kirk: May 3, 1978 – August 9, 2021 (age 43)

Rocky Namum Kirk passed away suddenly on August 9, 2021. Rocky was a loving father, son, brother and uncle. He was born to Rocky and Shellie (Fairbanks) Kirk on May 3, 1978 in Lander, Wyoming. He was feisty and a fighter from the moment he was born. He was the youngest of three children, JC being his oldest brother and Kora (Huffman) being his older sister.

He attended school in Casper and graduated from Kelly Walsh High School in 1997. Throughout his childhood and young adult years, he was actively involved in athletics and excelled in wrestling, football and baseball. He continued his love of sports into his adulthood. In September 1999, he welcomed his daughter Revea Jade into the world.

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Rocky loved his “bear cub” Vea, his family and his friends. He loved Wyoming and the Wyoming Cowboys. He loved baseball, was an avid New York Yankees fan, and thought the Colorado Rockies were okay too. He loved wrestling and followed the Wyoming High School and NCAA Wrestling Championships. He loved Oakland Raiders and any team that beat the Denver Broncos. He loved rough housing, steam rolling and bucking broncs when playing with the littles. He loved Sunday naps, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups and Peanut Buster Parfaits. He loved chilling and watching movies. Some of the best movies for him were “The Goonies,” “Sandlot,” “Stand By Me” and “Big Daddy.” He loved riding his bike, working out and rock climbing. He loved Green Mountain, Louis Lake, Alcova Cliffs, Pathfinder and Fremont Canyon. He loved swimming, floating and fishing our Wyoming waters. He loved working hard and getting ‘er done, taking pictures of the job and co-workers. He loved Bud Light Cheladas, Dr. Pepper, Mountain Dew and milk. He loved bean burritos, tacos, and ribs from Texas Roadhouse where he would crush three baskets of rolls each visit. Most of all he loved to be a helpful hand and always loved to make a new friend.

Rocky is survived and loved by his daughter, Revea Kirk & Drake Smith; mother, Shellie Kirk; brother, JC Kirk; sister, Kora & Guy Huffman; nieces, Willow Huffman and Timberlyn Huffman; nephew, Colby & Hannah Kirk and family Brynlee, Brighton and Blakely; nephew, Corbin Kirk & Saaj Hull; and extended family and friends in Utah, Arizona and Nevada.

Rocky is preceded in death by his father, Rocky Colvin Kirk, in 2009.

In lieu of flowers, the family graciously request that any donations be submitted to Reliant Federal Credit Union to The Rocky Kirk Memorial Fund c/o Kora Huffman for the benefit of Revea in the completion of her college education.

A celebration of life is planned for September 11, 2021 at Wells Park by George Tani Baseball Field from 11 a.m. -4 p.m. Please wear Brown and Gold. We would like to make a memory book for Revea. Please share your photos and stories via the following email address: RememberingRockyKirk@gmail.com or bring them with you and we will gather them for her.


Michael “Todd” Crimm

Michael “Todd” Crimm: January 18, 1967 – August 10, 2021 (age 54)

Michael Todd Crimm, 54, entered into his eternal home in heaven on August 10, 2021 after a brief illness. After graduating from NCHS in 1985, Todd honorably served in the U.S. Navy for 20 years as AD-1, Aviation Machinist Mate. He later earned his Associates of Applied Science degree in Diesel Power Technology at Casper College, completed training, earned a Tractor/Trailer Certificate, and was employed as a oil field and construction truck driver.

Immediate family survivors include his father Larry Crimm (Brenda), mother Donna Gilstrap Crimm Culbertson (Richard), sister Sherry Crimm, grandmother Elsie Gilstrap, Aunt Debbie Gilstrap, and best friend and fiancée Shannon Dean, whom he planned to wed. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews, cousins, and other relatives.

Todd was preceded in death by his brother Scott Crimm, grandparents G.W. and Doris Crimm, grandfather C.E. Gilstrap, and uncles “Corky” Gilstrap and Wade Crimm.

A motorcade will depart Bustard & Jacoby Funeral Home at 10:15 a.m. on Wednesday, August 18 for a military service at the Oregon Trail State Veterans Cemetery, which begins at 11:00 a.m. Donations in Todd’s memory may be made to the Casper Humane Society.

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


Frances Ann Tripp

Frances Ann Tripp: 1944 – 2021

Frances Ann Tripp,76, of Casper, Wyoming passed away Wednesday, August 11, 2021 at Wyoming Medical Center. She was born September 8, 1944 to Toy and Maggie (Miller) Whitehead in Grayville, Illinois. She grew up in Montana and Wyoming and her family relocated to her forever home in Casper when she was 5 years old. She graduated from Natrona County High School. For many years, she worked as a caretaker for Highland Park Cemetery and the City of Casper. Her most recent job was working in the produce section at Walmart, and she worked there up until her passing. She enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, and racing — especially Nascar’s Jeff Gordon Driver.

She is survived by son James (Angela) Tripp; brother Roy Whitehead Jr.; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and her two furry companions Tiny Tina and Little Bit.

She is preceded in passing by her parents, her husband James Mitchell Tripp, two sons John and Clifford, and two sisters Mary Key and Lucille Smith.

Memorial contributions can be made to Casper Humane Society in her honor.

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


Robert Ezra Helton

Robert Ezra Helton: August 30, 1956 – August 12, 2021 (age 64)

Robert “Rob” Helton II was born on August 30, 1956 in Beckley, West Virginia, the son of Robert and Dorothy AKA Mutts (Allen) Helton. He was raised and educated in Beckley, WV, graduating at Woodrow Wilson High School in 1974. Rob was once married to Judy Ellison from Oak Hill, WV, in 1977. Together they had two sons, Robert E. Helton III and Ronald K. Helton. Rob lived in WV until 2003 when he relocated to Wyoming after receiving an offer to manage Global Heating Transfer. In 2014, Rob met Angie Jensen and they married in 2015, spending his life with her until his passing. 

Rob enjoyed bowling, golfing and going to the races or watching them on TV.

Survivors include his wife Angie Jensen Helton of Gillette, WY; sons Robert (Leah) Helton III of Minot, ND and Ronald (Kelly) Helton of Oak Hill, WV; four grandchildren Robert IV, Ronald II, Makayln and Avery; and brother Randy Helton.

He was preceded in death by his parents Robert and Dorothy and two brothers Ricky and Ronnie.