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Obituaries: Holmes, Manning, Sheldon-Fisher, Johnson

Gaylon Lecoy Holmes

Gaylon Lecoy Holmes: 1955 – 2021

Naturalist, educator, continuous learner, and lover of life Gaylon Holmes launched his kayak from the final put-in on August 16.  

He was a great warrior that had a huge love for every living thing — especially dogs, reptiles and dragonflies.  

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Over the course of his life, he built a kayak out of wood strips and shot a buffalo with a handgun.  

He never shied away from a challenge and would teach himself to master anything he was interested in. He was “always there” any time someone else needed help.  

He read tons of books and shot many prairie dogs.  

He could sing and play music; he could heal a sick snake; he could fix most anything; he was an exceptional canoe and kayak paddler; he was an exceptional photographer; he could write poems; he loved the outdoors and loved to camp; he loved classical music and live theater; he could catch a fish faster than anyone at the lake; and he had climbed mountains and dived into the sea.  

He served his country in Viet Nam in the special forces and served his county as a sheriff’s deputy.

Gaylon was originally from Salt Lake City. He is survived by his loving partner of 22 years Cindy Unger, his mother Maurine Hoffman of Casper, and his brother Bret Houskeeper of Salt Lake.  

May he rest in peace.


Clarice (Carey) Ann Manning

Clarice (Carey) Ann Manning: September 24, 1946 – August 31, 2021 (age 74)

Mamma left her home in Natrona, Wyoming on the wings of an Angel to be with the Good Lord on August 31, 2021. Clarice was born September 24, 1946 to her parents Thomas Manning, Sr. and Clarice Lyle Manning (Sankey) on the Manning Ranch in Natrona, Wyoming.

She attended Natrona Elementary and Dean Morgan Junior High, where she participated on the Track Team and, in her words, “ran like a deer.” She also barrel raced with her horse, Blaze.

Clarice graduated from Natrona County High School in 1964. After graduation, she attended Casper College and received her LPN License. She worked at the Wyoming Medical Center for a few years. She then met her husband Jerry Clark and was married June of 1966. They lived in Casper for a short while, then moved to Houston, Texas. Clarice continued to work as a nurse at the Rest Home in Harris County.

On May 4, 1972, she had her first child, Sheila Rae Romey (Clark), in Houston, Texas. On October 10, 1974, she had her second child, Lyle James Clark, in Casper, Wyoming.

In 1976, she moved back to Natrona, Wyoming. In 1978, she bought the Natrona Store and Station, which she owned and operated until 1989. She went to work in Casper, Wyoming, running her own cleaning business and taking care of anyone who needed her. She did that for over 20 years, afterward going to work as Maintenance Personnel at the Ghost Town Fuel Stop for a couple years. She then went back to housekeeping and caretaking until February 2014, and after that she retired.

Clarice was an extremely hard worker. She put her whole heart and soul into her family and anything she ever did. She cared for so many people and loved everyone.

She was an amazing woman, daughter, sister, aunt, mother, and grandmother. She will be greatly missed by all that knew and loved her.

Clarice is preceded in death by her father and mother; sister Marguerite Scovill; half-brother Ernest Manning; and brothers Thomas Manning, Jr., Percy Manning, Carroll Manning and Charles Manning. She is also preceded in death by nephews Brian Manning, Kelly and Larry Batchelor, and Roy and Troy Manning; grandson Thomas Mills; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.

She leaves behind her uncle Bruce White; sister Muriel May Biles; brother John Neil Manning; daughter Sheila Rae (William) Romey; son Lyle James Clark; grandchildren Matthew Clark, Trevor and Tristan Meyers, Taya Gallaga, Rachel Brenden, Sadie Roylance, and McKala and Brandi Romey; great-grandchildren Zyren & Zealen Meyers, Ezra Durgin Meyers, Kiara Gallaga, Dylan and Laura Brenden, Daveigh, Jerzi and Lakota Roylance, and Christopher Schott; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

 There will be no services per Clarice’s request. The family will hold a Celebration of Life at a later date.

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


Cheryl Anne Sheldon-Fisher

Cheryl Anne Sheldon-Fisher: August 28, 1958 ~ September 1, 2021 (age 63)

Cheryl Anne Sheldon/Fisher was born August 28, 1958 to Patricia Black and Harry Sheldon.

She passed away suddenly on September 1, 2021.

She was preceded in death by her parents Harry and Patricia, brother Wayne Sheldon, late husband Michael Fisher and granddaughter Baylee Rager. 

She is survived by her long-time boyfriend Marty Russell, her four children Dustan Sheldon (Joleen), Grady Fisher, Athena (David Rager Sr), and
Bre (Blake Stulc); four sisters Deb Wolcott, Francine Sheldon, Rebecca (Andrew Abramo), and Misty (Tony Smotherman); 19 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews.

Cheryl loved life and had many hobbies and interests, including rock hounding, beading, painting, fairies, going for drives, and spending time with family and friends.

She loved photography and taking pictures. Cheryl loved all kinds of music and one of the songs she liked best was “Africa.” One of her favorite drinks was the Johnnie Walker. One of her favorite sayings was “See you next Tuesday, Franny.” She was quite the comedian.

She loved her family. She always lit up a room with her laughter and jokes. Cheryl always had a story to tell, memory to relive and new friends to meet.

Even though her passing leaves a void in our lives, the warmth of her memories she created for all of us will forever remain for each of us.

Now that we know that she’s able to rest, She’s going up to the place that’s that’s best. She has a friend in Jesus and she’s going up to the Spirit in the Sky. 

Family suggests that the memories be directed to a charity of the donor’s choice. 

Arrangements are under the care of Bustard & Jacoby Funeral Home.
Memorial services will be held at a later date. 


Laird D. Johnson

Laird D. Johnson: July 20, 1938 – September 2, 2021 (age 83)

Larid D. Johnson was born, at home, on July 20, 1938 in Maeser, Utah. He was the second child of three and the only son of Verdin R. Johnson and Marie McConkie Johnson. He was reunited with his bride on September 2, 2021, at home, on their 61st wedding anniversary.

Larid was raised in the Unitah Basin. His parents instilled a confidence in him that defied conventional boundaries. At the age of eight, when most children still need a night light, Larid was driving his Dad’s truck up on Diamond Mountain alone to camp, fish and hunt. He graduated from Unitah High School in 1957.

He married his “Strawberry Queen,” Judith LaRay Robinson, on September 2, 1960 in Pleasant Grove, Utah. To this union, six children were born. His children were like arrows in his quiver. He would reference Psalms 127:5, “Happy is the man whose quiver is full of them.” He was sealed for time and eternity to his wife and children in the Salt Lake Temple, August 1, 1974.

He graduated from Utah State University in 1963 with a degree in Wildlife Biology, and began his career in predator control for the federal agency at the Fish and Wildlife department. In 1966, he moved his young family to Lusk, Wyoming and he developed from a “college boy” to a regional supervisor over a large portion of eastern Wyoming. The title was never really important to him. He identified with being a trapper, and when his daughters began dating, a professional killer. He retired in 1995.

Larid served his country in the Army Reserves as a medic from 1961 to 1966.

Larid was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. His faith was the rod he held fast to. He served his Lord in numerous leadership positions. He persevered to see to fruition the remodeling of one church building and the new construction in 2006 of the existing chapel in Lusk.

He loved his family, the Denver Broncos, blackjack and cake, not necessarily in that order.

Larid was preceded in death by his wife, parents, grandparents, sister Vondalee Bingham and numerous aunts and uncles.

He is survived by his six children Layne Johnson, Lori (Bruce) Himes, Andy (Janice) Johnson, Shawn (Kara) Johnson, and Mindi (Keith) Iantorno and Kari (Jeff) Williams; ten grandsons Jared (Tanya), Stephen, Aaron (Marlee) and Taylor (Caitlin) Hespe, Zachary, Elijah and Lincoln Johnson, Noah, and Jakob and Leo Williams; eight granddaughters Allison (A.J.) Stewart, Whitney, Jaclyn (Charlie) Rivera, Delaney, Addison and McKinley Johnson, Zarah Iantorno and Charlotte Williams; three great-grandsons Ryker, and Kellan and Dylan Hespe; four great-granddaughters Madison, Ellee, and Kennedy and Hollyn Hespe; sister Maureen (Glade) Berry; brother-in-law Sam (Lori) Robinson; sister-in-law Karen Lewis; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Services are pending.