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Obituaries: Adrian, Ernst, Kunckel, King

Susan Adrian

Susan Adrian: 1958 – 2021

Peacefully and surrounded by her family, Susan Gayle Adrian of Casper passed away far too early on Wednesday August 11, 2021 at 63 years young.

She was born to Ralph and Donna Hanson on July 3, 1958 in Billings, Montana. Susan graduated from Custer County High School in 1976 and went on to receive an associate degree from NCB in Rapid City, where she met her lifelong sweetheart, David Adrian. They married in 1978, started their family a year later and planted roots in Casper in 1986.

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Susan will be lovingly remembered by her husband of 43 years, David Adrian; and three children: Amber Smith of Newport Beach, CA, Tara Dye of Casper, WY, and Tyler Adrian of Thornton, CO.

She is also survived by a legacy of five adoring grandchildren that were her pride and joy: Tawnee, Taeyln, Brixton, Sloane and Deaton; her mother, Donna Hanson; her sister, Lori Newell; and numerous relatives and friends.

She is preceded by her father, Ralph Hanson, who she has joined in Heaven.

Susan was a hardworking woman. Being a mother was her first priority and when her children were of school age, she dedicated 29 years to Tuboscope Inc. and most recently H&G Karst Industries.

Although loyal to her career, Susan never missed one of her children’s or grandchildren’s activities. She was the perfect balance of sweetness, sarcasm and a dry sense of humor. Susan was the rock of her family and being together was of her most cherished and favorite activities.

Apart from family, she enjoyed tending her garden and happy hour in her backyard.

A memorial service will be held at Restoration Church on Saturday August 21 at 4:00 p.m. In honor of Susan’s favorite color and sunshine character, guests are encouraged to wear yellow.


Glenna Josephine Ernst

Glenna Josephine Ernst: 1934 – 2021

Glenna Josephine Ernst (Christensen), 86, of Casper, Wyoming passed away peacefully on Friday, August 6, 2021 at the Wyoming Medical Center in Casper, Wyoming. She was surrounded by her loving family as she departed.

Born November 20, 1934, Glenna was the eldest of four children born to Grant Johannes and May Beatrice Christensen on their family farm near Centerfield, Utah.

Glenna grew up on the farm and attended school and church in Centerfield. In 1953, she graduated Centerfield High School with honors and was named class valedictorian.

Following graduation, Glenna moved to Salt Lake City, Utah, living with some of her close cousins, and worked as a secretary for the meat processing company Cudahy.

While living in Salt Lake, Glenna met the love of her life, Eddie “Ray” Ernst, and on February 12th, 1955 they married.  

Glenna and Ray started their family in Salt Lake City, where their two eldest children, Ira and Toni, were born. Their third child, Tracy, was born in Gunnison, Utah.

In 1961, Glenna and Ray set out on a new farming adventure near Hazelton, Idaho. To supplement family income, Glenna operated the “Dew Drop Inn” café in Hazelton and for a time ran a small theatre in Eden, Idaho.

While in Idaho, their youngest daughter Cindy was born.

In 1971, the family moved to Wyoming. Ray and Glenna would eventually settle in Gillette. It is there that Glenna retired from her 25-year career working for the State of Wyoming in the division of Wyoming Department of Workforce Services. 

In 2003, Ray, her loving husband of 48 years, passed away. Shortly after, Glenna bought an RV and embarked on travels to Utah and Arizona to spend time with family and visit the sites of the great Southwest.

After her RV adventures, Glenna moved from Gillette to Casper and lived independently in a 55+ retirement community. Glenna spent her retirement years as a member of the “Red Hat Society,” where she delighted in the opportunity to dress up and wear one of her 26 different red hats and socialize with like-minded retired women.  

She enjoyed playing Canasta and Dominos with her many friends at the Senior Center.

Glenna loved spending time with family, was a big fan of Western movies, and spoiled her dogs.

Glenna is survived by her children Ira (Sandy) Ernst of Mills, WY; Toni Ray of Worland, WY; Tracy (Eric) Halvorson of Springfield, MO; and Cindy Vigil of Cody, WY. She is also survived by grandchildren Donald (Penny) Goodman of Sheridan, WY; Andrea (Toby) Riddle of Billings, MT; Melissa Ray of Worland, WY; David (Amber) Ray of Worland, WY; Elizabeth Halvorson-Huggins of Springfield, MO; Keith (Matracia) Vigil of Gillette, WY; and Lauren (Justin Blackford) Vigil of Billings, MT. Lastly, she’s survived by great-grandchildren Ethan Goodman, Nicole Vacarro, Joe Goodman, Haley Riddle, Cadance Riddle, Mackenzie Ray, Arianna Huggins, and Kaiden Huggins; great-great grandchildren Miranda Vacarro, Evan Goodman, and Eleanor Goodman; and sibling Connie Hilyard.

Glenna was preceded in death by her husband Eddie “Ray” Ernst, great-grandson Eric Richard Huggins, siblings Rex Christensen and Dell Christensen, and parents Grant Christensen and May Christensen.

In lieu of flowers, the family prefers donations be made in Glenna’s honor to Central Wyoming Senior Services. Donations may be mailed directly to Central Wyoming Senior Services at 1831 E. 4th St. Casper, WY 82601.

A private burial will take place at a later date.

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


John E. “Jack” Kunckel

John E. “Jack” Kunckel: 1944 – 2021

John “Jack” Edward Kunckel was born in Staten Island, New York on October 20, 1944 to Dr. Edward W. and Lois (Stoddard) Kunckel.

He entered into heaven’s eternal rest on August 4, 2021 at the Wyoming Medical Center.  

He attended elementary schools in Glen Ellen, Illinois and Park City, Florida. In 1954, the family moved to Casper, where Jack attended Grant Elementary School, Dean Morgan Junior High, and Natrona County High School.  

He graduated high school in 1963 and went on to receive an Associate Degree in Business Administration from Casper College in 1965. In February 1966, Jack was drafted into the United States Army and served in the 101st Airborne.

Upon returning to Casper from the military in 1968, Jack worked at the Dave Johnson Power Plant and then for Pacific Power and Light Company.  

In May 1977, he obtained his real estate license and sold for Biddle Creek Realty and McNamara Realty until 1993.

On July 8, 1978, he married Kay Wright.  

Casper has been their home for most of their married life except for a couple of years in Longmont, Colorado.

Jack was self-employed in the oilfield industry from 1981 until the downturn of the economy in 2020.

He loved cars. A friend once said, “Jack’s world is made up of small block Chevrolets.”  

In 1985, Jack began the Douglas International Raceway, which was an NHRA-sanctioned track. DIR hosted NHRA points meets for 16 years, bringing racers from all over the USA and Canada. Jack owned and operated the track until 2002. The racetrack was his passion and his family worked alongside him to create a family-friendly atmosphere amid the competition of racing. Many lifelong friends were established through the fellowship at the track.

Jack was a fabulous storyteller and jokester. He had a unique ability to recall facts, figures, dates, times, and places. He was never at a loss for words. Conversation came easily to him, whether visiting with a friend or a stranger.

Jack was preceded in death by his parents as well as his sisters Janet (Robert) Lowe (Colorado Springs, CO) and Judith (Roy) Leister (Harrisburg, PA).

He is survived by his wife Kay; son Richard; daughter Kimberly; brother James (Tucson, AZ); brothers-in-law Ken Wright (Casper), Rob Lowe (Colorado Springs, CO) and Roy Leister (Springfield, PA); and several nieces and nephews.

Memorial services are to be held at 10:00 a.m. on September 25, 2021 at Bustard & Jacoby Funeral Home. Arrangements are entrusted to the care of Bustard & Jacoby Funeral Home, 600 CY Ave., Casper, WY 82601.


Chauncey Douglas “Doug” King

Chauncey Douglas “Doug” King: 1946 – 2021

Chauncey Douglas “Doug” King passed away at the age of 75 on Friday, August 13, 2021 and was welcomed into heaven by his savior Jesus Christ.

He was born July 18, 1946 in Hayden, Colorado. At 18 months of age, he moved with his family to Casper, Wyoming, where he resided until his death.

Doug graduated from NCHS in 1964 and received an associate degree in Business Administration from Casper College.

Doug was drafted in 1968 into the United States Army and served in the 13th Artillery at Phu Loi, Vietnam for 14 months. 

Doug and his brother Morgan were business partners for 37 years at King’s Cyclery, selling and servicing Schwinn bicycles.

The two purchased a cabin on Casper Mountain together in 1974, which has been a family gathering place ever since.

In 1981, Doug met the love of his life, Ellen Waayenberg, and the two were married in 1985. After the birth of their two children, Doug and Ellen taught them the importance of love for Christ and love for others.

Doug’s world revolved around his family and his two granddaughters added an extra special spark to him.

After retirement in 2000, Doug worked with multiple friends on construction projects. Doug was known as Mister Fixit and was remembered for his sense of humor. He was a people person and made friends everywhere he went.

He was a faithful parishioner at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church and always joined Ellen with her church activities.

Doug is survived by his wife Ellen; son Sean (Stephanie); daughter Shelly Zimmerman (Nick); granddaughters Evelyn and Sadie; grandson, who is due in September; sister Karen Endsley; and a number of extended family.

He was preceded in death by his parents Chauncey Clyde and Agnes King, his sister Gayle, and his brother Morgan.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, August 21, 2021 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to True Care Pregnancy Resource Center in Casper, Wyoming.