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Obituaries: Davis-Hallums, Jackson, Reid, Wendling, Dunn III

Laurie Ann Davis Hallums

Laurie Ann Davis Hallums: 1976 – 2020

Laurie Davis Hallums was born on May 8, 1976 in Casper, WY, where she attended school and graduated from Kelly Walsh High School.

After graduation, she moved to Las Vegas, worked, and went to UNLV, receiving her degree in Speech Therapy majoring in Children with Autism.

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She then met her husband of 17 years and had her son Maddox.

She moved to Phoenix, Arizona, had her second son, Tanner, and pursued a career in commercial banking that led her to real estate.

She was co-owner of EZAZ Traffic School until her death.

Laurie is survived by her mother Susan Shumway of Casper her brother Carter Davis of Casper, and her two sons Maddox and Tanner of Phoenix, AZ. A Celebration of Life will follow in the coming months.


James Bruce Jackson

James Bruce Jackson: 1951 – 2021

James Bruce Jackson passed away at his home in Casper, Wyoming from natural causes on August 6, 2021.

Jim was born January 31, 1951. He was the only child of James and Helen (Galles) Jackson.

He graduated from Natrona County High School with the class of 1969 and subsequently attended Casper College.

Jim joined and proudly served in the Wyoming Air National Guard. He went on to work at the Dave Johnson Power Plant in Glenrock, Wyoming for his entire professional career and retired as a Control Operator after over 45 years of employment. Jim enjoyed giving tours of the power plant where he would explain the process of generating electricity. At the end of each tour, he would tell the guests: “And that’s why, when you flip the switch, the lights go on.”

After he retired, he became a private consultant at the power plant, assisting in maintenance projects.

He enjoyed being outdoors caring for his property, which is home to many trees he planted and tended to for over 40 years. He could always be seen outside watering his trees, drinking a beer and enjoying a good cigar.

Jim is survived by his former wife Mary; children Amanda McKeithen of Casper (Marcus) and Brian Jackson of Las Vegas; and four grandchildren Trevor, Tanner, James, and Arianna.

He was preceded in death by his parents James and Helen Louise (Galles) Jackson.

Jim will be truly missed by his friends and family. He will be remembered for his work ethic and integrity.


Steven Reid

Steven Reid: May 27, 1948 – August 13, 2021 (age 73)

Steven Graham Reid, 73, passed away on Friday, August 13 at Central Wyoming Hospice of cancer and complications of cancer. His son Jeff and daughter Stephanie were there with him when he passed. Per God’s plan, it was also the three-year anniversary of his wife Ellen Reid’s passing from her 17-year battle with breast cancer. In addition to his son and daughter, Steve was taken care of by his brothers Dave and George Reid, his sister Betty Rice and his cousin Bobby Michel in his final months.

Steve was born in 1948 in Sterling, Colorado to George Herman Reid, Sr. and Betty Jean Reid. His family later moved around but settled in Farmington, New Mexico, where Steve graduated from Farmington High School in 1966. He married his high school sweetheart Christina Norvelle in 1968. Steve and Chris had two children, Jeff and Stephanie.

Steve earned a degree in geology from Eastern New Mexico University in Portales, New Mexico. He then went on to earn a master’s degree in Geology from UTEP in El Paso, Texas. After graduating, Steve and Chris moved to New Orleans, Louisiana, where Steve worked as a geologist for Texaco. In 1974 they relocated to Casper, Wyoming, where Steve began working at Runge and George until 1978. He then went on to start Associates in Geology with Ron Baugh and fellow graduates from Eastern New Mexico University Jimmy Goolsby and Danny Miller. Eventually he began working as a consulting geologist for various operators but spent many years consulting for Yates Operating. Finally, he and lifelong friend Everett Toombs began operating wells in the DJ Basin as Vertex Operating until his retirement in 2018. In 2010, Steve served as the President of the Wyoming Geological Association and at the time of his death he was currently serving as a Board Member for the Wyoming Board of Professional Geologists.

On April 3, 2001, Steve admitted he was powerless over alcohol and became a recovering alcoholic for over 20 years, which was a major accomplishment. He was very active in Alcoholics Anonymous for the remainder of his life. He went on to sponsor others with addictions and remained a mentor to several people. Being a part of this community was a large part of Steve’s life.

Steve and Christina parted ways in the early 1980s and Steve met his life partner Ellen Riederer, who he eventually married. Steve had numerous hobbies such as golf, reading, gardening, Wyoming Cowboy athletics and hunting, but his true passion was fishing. Steve shared in this passion with his father, brothers, nephews and son. Steve also had an amazing sense of humor (which he shared with his wife Ellen). A friend visiting in hospice recently referred to him as the funniest person he’s ever known. We will miss his witty comments and jokes immensely.

Steve was preceded in death by his parents George and Betty Reid as well as his brother Jim Reid. He is survived by his son Jeff Reid, daughter Stephanie Sneesby (Eric), his brothers Dave and George Reid, Jr., sister Betty Rice, and many cousins, nieces and nephews.

A celebration of life service will be held on Thursday, August 19, 2021 at 3 p.m. with a reception immediately following at the Clarion Inn at Platte River in Casper. The family would like to extend their appreciation to the amazing staff at Central Wyoming Hospice who went above and beyond for Steve in his final days. In lieu of flowers, the family would ask for donations in Steve’s name to Central Wyoming Hospice and Transitions as well as the 12-24 Club.


Georgena Maine Wendling

Georgena Maine Wendling: July 14, 1921 – August 12, 2021 (age 100)

Georgena Mamie Wendling, 100, of Casper, Wyoming passed away on Thursday August 12, 2021 at Shepherd of the Valley Care Center.

Georgena was born to Nicklaus Joseph Denning and Barbara Weigel on July 14, 1921 in Hays, Kansas. Georgena married Albert Wendling in 1937 and went on to have three surviving children: Albert “Sonny” Wendling Jr., Timothy Everett Wendling, and Kenneth John Nicklaus Wendling.

Georgena was an Avon lady for 41 years in the Casper area, only stopping her route at the age of 92.

Her customers might fondly remember Georgena for her jet-black hair and face full of makeup. She was a spunky delight to all who knew her.

Georgena is survived by her sons Albert “Sonny” Wendling, Tim (Caroline) Wendling, and Ken (LaDonna) Wendling; five grandchildren Debbie (Mike) Dewell, Carla Kirby, Nick (Susan) Wendling, Nicole (Jason) Sponsler, and Sabrina (Eddie) Wendling-Lynch; ten great-grandchildren; and numerous great-great-grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her husband Albert Sr., all but one sibling (Rita), and her daughter-in-law Barbara Wendling.

A funeral service will be held at Saint Patrick’s Church on Country Club Road on August 24 at 1:00 p.m. with Father Gary officiating the service. There is a viewing between 4:00 p.m. -6:00 p.m. on August 23 at Bustard & Jacoby Funeral Home.

The family wishes to extend their gratitude to all staff at Shephard of the Valley Care Home.

Memorial donations can be made to Wyoming Rescue Mission, P.O. Box 2030, Casper, WY 82602.


Richard William Dunn III

Richard William Dunn III: October 18, 1960 – August 13, 2021 (age 60)

Richard William Dunn III, 60, of Casper, Wyoming went home to Jesus on August 13, 2021.

Richard was born in Cheyenne, Wyoming on Oct. 18, 1960 to Richard W. Dunn Jr. and Ellen Mary (Zick) Dunn. He spent the majority of his life in Wyoming. He is a graduate of St. Mary High School and LCCC. He worked in Customer Service for AT&T in Arizona for a number of years. He retired from Walmart in 2017 because of poor health.

Richard was a very gentle soul and was devoted to his family. Many of his fondest memories were of rough-housing with his many nieces and nephews. They considered him the fun uncle.

He is survived by his sister Patty “Sarge” Kaiser, brother-in-law Tom Kaiser, and very dear friend Theresa and her family, Monica Kaiser, and numerous nieces and nephews.

“Good-night, sweet prince; And flights of angels sing thee to thy rest.” ― William Shakespeare, Hamlet