Obituaries: Cardran Jr., Corson, Shell, Brown, Kellick - Casper, WY Oil City News
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Obituaries: Cardran Jr., Corson, Shell, Brown, Kellick

William George Cardran Jr.

William George Cardran Jr.: May 3, 1971 – August 16, 2021 (age 50)

Bill was born on May 3, 1971 in Huntington Beach, California and passed August 16, 2021. He moved to Casper, WY in 1982 with his family.

He has worked in the oilfield and driven big rigs most of his life. Presently, he worked for DJ Express out of the Casper, WY terminal office.

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Bill was a successful hunter and fisherman when he was young. He enjoyed riding his Harley in his leisure time.

He has many friends and family that will miss his sense of humor and his infectious laugh. He was always available and willing to help others.

He was preceded in death by his sister Christina Cardran-Wirtala.

He is survived by his parents William Cardran, Sr. and Lou Cardran; nieces and nephews Ashlee Wirtala, Chasee Wirtala, Patrice Nicholson and Robert Elswick; brother-in-law Sean Wirtala; uncles and aunts Devan Freed, Julie Freed-Hanson, Mike Hanson, Harold “Dean” and Janice Williams; and several wonderful cousins.

Cremation has taken place through Bustard and Jacoby Funeral Home. Per his wishes, no services will take place.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be mailed to Bill Cardran, 1655 Bellaire Drive, Casper, WY 82604 to help with funeral costs.

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

Marion “Bud” Corson

Marion “Bud” Corson: December 24, 1931 – August 15, 2021 (age 89)

Marion Richard “Bud” Corson, 89, passed away peacefully on August 15, 2021 at the Memorial Hospital of Converse County in Douglas, WY.  

Bud was born in Mobridge, South Dakota on December 24, 1931 and in 1977 moved to Glendo, Wyoming, where he would live out the rest of his days. Bud proudly served in the United States Army from October 16, 1952 until June 28, 1954. He earned a Purple Heart for his service to his country during the Korean War. After honorably separating from active duty, he continued his service to his country in the Reserves until 1960. On September 17, 1955, he married the love of his life Frankie. In 1968, Bud opened his own business, Bud’s Auto and Truck Service, in Evansville, Wyoming. He retired in 1978 and did handyman work for Howard’s General Store for several years, where he became a friend to many in the small community. 

Over the years, Bud had many customers and friends. However, it was his special bond with his cat and dog that would make up his greatest friendships. Bud was always the first to lend a helping hand and would happily teach anyone who wanted to learn how to fix issues, whether they were plumbing, building, electrical or a small engine repair. Bud was a member of the American Legion and Lions Club. He also served a term as town council member and Building Inspector in Evansville, WY. He enjoyed boating and fishing with his family. He loved his loading room and hunting.  However, tinkering in his garage was one of Bud’s favorite things to do.  

Bud is survived by his children Cheri Chucker, Barbara O’Rourke, Damon Corson, and Delroy Corson; 11 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his ex-wife Anita Corson. 

He is proceeded in death by his wife Frankie, his parents and four brothers.

He will be deeply missed by his family, friends and all who knew him.

A Visitation for Bud will take place on Tuesday, 8/24/2021 from 4-6 p.m. at Bustard & Jacoby Funeral Home. A funeral service will be held at Bustard & Jacoby Funeral Home on Wednesday, 8/25/2021 at 11:00, with military honors to follow at Oregon Trail Veterans Cemetery.

Kenneth Shell

Kenneth Shell: August 18, 1950 – August 17, 2021 (age 70)

Kenneth Eugene Shell was born on August 18, 1950 to Thomas E. Shell and Maxine A. (Dalzell) Shell.

He lived his younger life with his brothers William (Bill) and John Robert (Bobbie) on ranches in the Sheridan/Buffalo area. He graduated from Johnson County High School in Buffalo, Wyoming in 1968.

Ken moved to Casper in 1972, where he met and married his best friend Susan Petersen. They were married in 1976 and have two amazing children, Justin and Amy.

He worked for several trucking companies including Salt Creek Freightways, P.I.E, and Northwest Transport. He retired from Nalco Chemical in 2018.

He loved Wyoming and the outdoors. Ken was a dedicated husband and father. Family was the most important thing in his life.

Ken is survived by his wife Susan Shell, son Justin (Kate) Shell, daughter Amy Shell, brother Bill Shell (Marcia), nephew Matt Shell, and niece Keela (Lane) Goodwin.

Ken was preceded in death by his parents Thomas E. (John) Shell and Maxine Shell, and brother John Robert Shell.

The Shell family will be holding a Celebration of Life for Ken, to be held on August 31, 2021 at Bustard & Jacoby Reception Center of Casper at 4 p.m.

Please come with your favorite stories and memories of him to share with his friends and family. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in Ken’s name to Central Wyoming Hospice and Transitions ( or the Wyoming Foundation For Cancer Care (

JE Brown

JE Brown: April 27, 1924 – August 18, 2021 (age 97)

Surrounded by love ones, J. E. peacefully passed from his home here to join his beloved wife of 72 years Laura Bell as well as friends and family in heaven.

Born in Littlefield, Texas on 4/27/24, he was the youngest of 11 children.  He was the direct descendant of “First Families of Texas” and “Texas Ranger.”

He was a proud patriot and loved and fought for his country in WWII. He received a Purple Heart for his service in the Philippines.

Shortly after the war, he married the of love of his life Laura Bell and went to work for Exxon. He worked for Exxon until his retirement and was known for his work ethic and integrity by all. He worked hard and provided a good life for Laura and their three children. After his retirement, they traveled and visited the many friends they had made over the years.

He was known for his kindness and generosity.  He was a long-time contributor to many charities and was quick to help anyone in need. His donations, directly and through charities, helped many.

He had a quick wit and great sense of humor and loved to have fun with friends and family. He loved and respected nature. He also loved to fish, especially with Laura and family.

He is survived by his daughter Anita Johnson (Maynard), son Larry Brown (Cheryl), and son-in-law Calvin DeWitt.

He is also survived by his grandchildren Travis Lawhorn (Becky), Michael Brown (Erica), Mike Todd DeWitt (Shannon), Jennifer Harshman (Shaun), Denny Volk, Jerry Volk (Roberta), and Marco Barrientos; great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandson.

He is preceded in death by his wife Laura Bell Brown, daughter Linda DeWitt, grandson Terry Lawhorn, and granddaughters Natalie Brown Miller, Amanda DeWitt Barrientos, and Tami DeWitt.

He was loved and respected by many and will be missed forever.

Steven Royce Kellick

Steven Royce Kellick: 1962 – 2021

Steve Kellick went to be with his Lord and Savior on August 16, 2021.

He was born in Ventura, California on February 13, 1962. 

Steve loved to be with his dogs and he loved camping. He also loved fly fishing and racing. 

He is survived by his children Ashli Kellick, Steven Kellick, and Emma Kellick; his brother Jeff Kellick and wife Annette; his sister Michelle Wiggins and husband Doug; and his father Royce Kellick.

He is preceded in death by his mother Deloise Kellick.

A celebration of his life will be held at the VFW on Bryan Stock Trail on Saturday, Aug. 28, 2021.